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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.

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Diane 'Die' Després
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Kyla
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Steve O'Connor Després (as Antoine-Olivier Pilon)
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Paul
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Patrick
Michèle Lituac ...
Directrice du centre correctionnel
Viviane Pascal ...
Marthe (as Viviane Pacal)
Natalie Hamel-Roy ...
Natacha
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Fille de Kyla
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Chauffeur de taxi
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Gardien de sécurité #1
Reda Guerinik ...
Gardes de securite
Justin Laramée ...
Gardes de securite
Sabrina Bisson ...
DJ Karaoke
Huguette Gervais ...
Calssiere librairie
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Joueur de billard
Jean-Philippe Baril-Guérard ...
Joueur de billard
Dominic Desnoyers ...
Joueur de billard
Guenièvre Sandré ...
Copines joueurs de billard
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Copines joueurs de billard
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Jeune barmaid
Johanne Garneau ...
Vieille barmaid
Michael Rudder ...
Huissier
Robin-Joël Cool ...
Docteur
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Infirmier
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Ambulancier
Stéphane Julien ...
Conducteur Jeep
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Receptionniste
Sylvie Lemay ...
Caissiere banque
Danielle Lepine ...
Femme au foyer
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Femme de Steve
Rosalie Fortier ...
Petite amie de Steve
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Coordonnateur de cascades
Nancy Bouchard ...
Doublure Diane Despres
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Doublure conducteur jeep
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Directed by

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Xavier Dolan

Written by

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Xavier Dolan ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Sylvain Corbeil ... associate producer
Xavier Dolan ... producer
Nancy Grant ... producer
Lyse Lafontaine ... associate producer

Music by

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Noia

Cinematography by

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André Turpin ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Xavier Dolan

Editorial Department

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Jérôme Cloutier ... colorist
Amélie Labrèche ... assistant editor
Tom Purdy ... on set editor

Casting By

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Nathalie Boutrie ... casting co-director

Production Design by

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Colombe Raby

Set Decoration by

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Jean-Charles Claveau
Pascale Deschênes

Costume Design by

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Xavier Dolan

Makeup Department

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Michelle Côté ... hair head department
Erik Gosselin ... special makeup effects designer
Annie Jalbert ... wig maker
Colette Martel ... key hair stylist
Maïna Militza ... key makeup artist
Rocco Stallone ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Carole Mondello ... production manager
Germain Petitclerc ... production manager
Pierre Thériault ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Lili-Anne Crevier ... second assistant director
Sinan Saber ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Louis Cyr ... prop buyer
Stéphane Daoust ... set dresser
Martin Gauthier ... property master
Alain Giguère ... key head painter
Amélie Joyal ... assistant property master
Michel R. Lambert ... set dresser
Raymond Larose ... set designer
Olivier Proulx ... prop designer
Charles-Olivier Tremblay ... art department assistant

Sound Department

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Rachelle Bergeron ... adr coordinator
Sylvain Brassard ... sound designer / sound mixer / sound supervisor
Jo Caron ... foley mixer
Benoît Dame ... sound editor
Isabelle Favreau ... dialogue editor
Guy Francoeur ... foley artist
Laurent Ouellette ... assistant foley artist

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Maris Abolins ... digital compositor: Alchemy24
Mylene Brisson ... digital restoration supervisor
Mathieu Dalbec ... digital restoration artist
Jean-François Ferland ... visual effects supervisor: Alchemy24
Dave Gagnon ... digital compositor: Alchemy24
Maxime Lapointe ... digital compositor: Alchemy24
Simon Mercier ... digital compositor
Catherine Nadeau ... vfx operation manager: Alchemy24
Marc-Olivier Parent ... visual effects artist
Olivier Péloquin ... lead artist: Alchemy24
Perceval Simoneau ... digital compositor: Alchemy24
Jay Tu ... digital compositor: Alchemy24
Yuanyuan Wang ... digital compositor: Alchemy24
Yi Zhang ... digital compositor: Alchemy24
Qi Zhou ... digital compositor: Alchemy24
Erik Carbonneau ... digital restoration artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Nancy Bouchard ... stunt driving double: Diane
Mike Chute ... stunt driver
Stéphane Julien ... stunt coordinator
Stéphane Lefebvre ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Francois Archambault ... "a" camera operator
Eric Bensoussan ... additional first assistant camera
Marina Klimoff ... lighting technician
Denis Lamothe ... gaffer
Marc Lemieux ... second assistant camera
Guillaume Parisien ... first assistant camera
Shawn Pavlin ... clapper loader

Casting Department

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Julie Breton ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sophie Beasse ... set costumer
Sophie Lemay ... wardrobe assistant

Music Department

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Linwood Bell ... incidental music

Other crew

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Xavier Dolan ... english subtitles / french subtitles
Audrey-Ann Dupuis-Pierre ... production assistant
Jean-Patrick Joseph ... special equipment supplier
Nathalie Paquette ... script supervisor
Mélanie Simard ... production assistant
Pierre Thériault ... post-production supervisor

Thanks

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Jean-François Ferland ... very special thanks
Tomika Smalls ... very special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 which means only being able to do home based work. Despite they always yelling expletives at each other and Steve sometimes demonstrating those violent tendencies toward her, Die and Steve truly do love each other, his emotions which are sometimes manifested as an Oedipus complex especially as he seems to need her complete attention most specifically when it is being directed at possible male suitors. Their lives, both individually and as a family, are affected with the entrance of two of their neighbors. The first is Paul, a lawyer, who does have that sexual interest in Die as he tries to help Steve through his legal problems. The second and more important is Kyla, who lives across the street with her husband Patrick and their adolescent daughter, they who are in transit in their life to wherever Patrick's job will take them. Kyla is a high school teacher on sabbatical as she deals with her own emotional issues, which are manifested in stuttering whenever she feels incapable of dealing with her life. Kyla may find that she needs the Després as much as they need her. Written by Huggo

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Taglines "We still love each other, right?" - "That's we're best at, buddy." See more »
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Also Known As
  • Mamica (Serbia)
  • Ana (Azerbaijan)
  • Anyu (Hungary)
  • Mama (Poland)
  • Mamica (Slovenia)
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  • 139 min
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Trivia The film is presented in an unheard-of 1:1 aspect ratio; the "viewing area" of the screen is a perfect square. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Top 10 Movies by Canadian Directors (2016). See more »
Soundtracks Childhood See more »
Quotes Kyla: Loving people doesn't save them
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