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Mommy (2014)

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A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.

Director:

Xavier Dolan

Writer:

Xavier Dolan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Dorval ... Diane 'Die' Després
Suzanne Clément ... Kyla
Antoine Olivier Pilon ... Steve O'Connor Després (as Antoine-Olivier Pilon)
Patrick Huard ... Paul
Alexandre Goyette ... Patrick
Michèle Lituac Michèle Lituac ... Directrice du centre correctionnel
Viviane Pascal Viviane Pascal ... Marthe (as Viviane Pacal)
Natalie Hamel-Roy Natalie Hamel-Roy ... Natacha
Isabelle Nélisse ... Fille de Kyla
Ted Pluviose ... Chauffeur de taxi
Pierre-Yves Cardinal ... Gardien de sécurité #1
Reda Guerinik Reda Guerinik ... Gardes de securite
Justin Laramée Justin Laramée ... Gardes de securite
Sabrina Bisson Sabrina Bisson ... DJ Karaoke
Huguette Gervais Huguette Gervais ... Calssiere librairie
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Forty-six year old Diane Després - "Die" - has been widowed for three years. Considered white trash by many, Die does whatever she needs, including strutting her body in front of male employers who will look, to make an honest living. That bread-winning ability is affected when she makes the decision to remove her only offspring, fifteen year old Steve Després, from her previously imposed institutionalization, one step below juvenile detention. She institutionalized him shortly following her husband's death due to Steve's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and his violent outbursts. He was just kicked out of the latest in a long line of facilities for setting fire to the cafeteria, in turn injuring another boy. She made this decision to deinstitutionalize him as she didn't like the alternative, sending him into more restrictive juvenile detention from which he would probably never be rehabilitated. However, with this deinstitutionalization, she has to take care of him ... Written by Huggo

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"We still love each other, right?" - "That's we're best at, buddy."

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Rated R for language throughout, sexual references and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

8 October 2014 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Mamica See more »

Filming Locations:

Chambly, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,204, 25 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,492,754, 15 March 2015
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1:1
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Trivia

Official submission of Canada to the 87th Academy Awards foreign film award. See more »

Quotes

Diane 'Die' Després: Stop being so racist.
Steve Després: But he's black, anyway.
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References The Last House on the Left (1972) See more »

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Born to Die
Written by Lana Del Rey (as Elizabeth Grant) and Justin Parker
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Produced by Justin Parker and Emile Haynie
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Phenomenal acting
14 March 2015 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

Not what I expected. It's a film that features quite a lot of dark elements, but the film somehow manages to be really touching in such an odd, but effective way. I don't think it's flawless. The script has a few cracks here and there, and it sometimes feels a bit aimless in what it's trying to say. I also very much enjoyed Dolan's directorial touches, but many times they're a bit jarring and too stylistic for its own good. However, what I will not at all criticize is that 4-minute sequence near the beginning of its third act (you know which one). That glorious score with those images created a profoundly moving sequence, one of the most emotionally powerful scenes of the year. But that's how a lot of the film is. I liked it a lot, but it can feel like many great individual scenes and yet not as cohesive as a whole

The acting here is phenomenal though. The three leads and the places they go to are harrowing and they probably rise the material greatly. The ending was a bit too obvious and not very original, but I'll take it

Not as enamored with it as most, but I still found it to be a truly incredible experience that is no doubt so inherently interesting and entertaining, much like the only other Dolan film I've seen Tom at the Farm.


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