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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

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 Johanne-Marie Tremblay ... Enseignante au pensionnat
Hugolin Chevrette-Landesque ... Pensionnaire agressif #1 (as Hugolin Chevrette)
Francis Ducharme 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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Details

Official Sites:

Rezo Films [France]

Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English | Latin

Release Date:

15 July 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

I Killed My Mother See more »

Filming Locations:

Longueuil, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 800,000 (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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Trivia

Shown in only 12 theaters in Quebec and 60 in France. See more »

Quotes

[subtitled version]
Hubert Minel: [angrily] What would you do if I died today?
Chantale Lemming: [quietly to herself, after Hubert has walked away] I'd die tomorrow.
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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
Written & composed by Marino Marini & Fernand Bonifay
Performed by Luis Mariano
Courtesy of © EMI Music Canada, Film & Television music placement division
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An achievement that can't be ignored
12 December 2009 | by pascalpelletier11See all my reviews

With his first feature, Montrealer Xavier Dolan has delivered what is already one of the most talked-about directorial debuts of 2009. In a triple-threat feat, Dolan writes, directs and stars in J'ai tué ma mère, the semi-autobiographical tale of a young gay man coming of age while struggling with his tortured relationship with his mother.

Their fights escalate until mom hatches a toxic plan: Hubert will be shipped off to boarding school. He is aghast but has little choice, as mom has managed to convince her ex-husband that a change of scenery is in the lad's best interests. Being banished to a mother-free zone might have seemed a good option for Hubert, but the move simply leads to an ultimate standoff between them. Dolan and Dorval navigate their way through the harried, increasingly vicious tête-à-têtes with delicacy, evoking sympathy for both characters.

Dolan's enthusiasm for cinema can be felt throughout J'ai tué ma mère. Combining assured writing, a confident directorial style (the scene where Hubert makes love to his boyfriend is a standout) and a beautifully rendered performance, Dolan's arrival on the big screen is an achievement that can't be ignored.


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