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I Killed My Mother (2009)

J'ai tué ma mère (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 15 July 2009 (France)
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A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.

Director:

Xavier Dolan

Writers:

Xavier Dolan (screenplay), Xavier Dolan (dialogue)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Dorval ... Chantale Lemming
Xavier Dolan ... Hubert Minel
François Arnaud ... Antonin Rimbaud
Suzanne Clément ... Julie Cloutier
Patricia Tulasne Patricia Tulasne ... Hélène Rimbaud
Niels Schneider ... Éric
Monique Spaziani ... Denise
Pierre Chagnon ... Richard Minel
Justin Caron Justin Caron ... Jeune Hubert
Benoît Gouin ... Directeur du pensionnat
Johanne-Marie Tremblay ... Enseignante au pensionnat
Hugolin Chevrette-Landesque ... Pensionnaire agressif #1 (as Hugolin Chevrette)
Francis Ducharme ... Pensionnaire agressif #2
Pascale Audrey Pascale Audrey ... Professeur d'arts
Émile Mailhiot Émile Mailhiot ... Élève #1 (as Émile Mailhot)
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Storyline

Teenager Hubert haughtily regards his mother with contempt, and only sees her tacky sweaters and kitsch decorations. In addition to these irritating surface details, there is also his parent's cherished mechanisms of manipulation and guilt. Confused by this love/hate relationship that obsesses him more and more each day, Hubert drifts through the mysteries of adolescence - artistic discoveries, illicit experiences, the opening-up to friendship, and ostracism. The turbulent relationship between mother and son unfolds with a compelling combination of savage fury and melting affection. The stunning, semi-autobiographical directing debut of 20-year-old actor Xavier Dolan. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

First film directed by Xavier Dolan. See more »

Quotes

[subtitled version]
Chantale Lemming: [to Hubert's class] Do I look fucking dead, for Christ's sake?
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Crazy Credits

The 'special thanks' section of the credits begins with a thank-you to all of the extras who participated in the making of the film. See more »

Connections

References The 400 Blows (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Maman, la plus Belle du Monde
Music by Marino Marini
Lyrics by Fernand Bonifay
Performed by Luis Mariano
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Masterpiece!
3 October 2011 | by patrickamagerSee all my reviews

Wow...! What a masterpiece... I prefer to believe that Xavier Dolan is not only a shootin star, but a director, actor and writer for history... "J'ai Tué Ma Mére" is one hell of a brilliant tour de force through emotions, love, identity, sexuality.... Xavier is outstanding (as himself??) fighting against himself and his mom and surroundings - the 'battles' with his mom is unique - and the 'love-scene' after 'painting the wall' is truly a highlight.

Almost can't believe a 20-yr old wrote and directed - and played the leading part in - this excellent movie. Don't know why, but when watchin Xavier I'm thinking of James Dean (Rebel Without A Cause)and River Phoenix (My Own Private Idaho)...

Love you Xavier for this - and lookin forward to forthcoming works. So fu***n GREAT!


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Official Sites:

Rezo Films [France]

Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English | Latin

Release Date:

15 July 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Longueuil, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD800,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Mifilifilms See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (monologues)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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