Review: Mommy


Title: Mommy
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Antoine Olivier Pilon, Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clement
Runtime: 2 hrs 20 mins

What It Is: Steve (Pilon) is a troubled young man. One whose just burned down the cafeteria of the boarding school he is at. Now, because of his expulsion he must stay with his mother affectionately known as Die. Steve is an aggressive, and angry young man and has been since the death of his father. Now he is struggling to learn basic educational concepts. With the help of their previously mute neighbor Nyla perhaps they’re just what each other needs to make life better.

What We Think: This kid is unreal. By that I am referring to director Xavier Dolan. He has this great vision that’s frightening in it’s lack of compromise. He brings an effervescence to every film he directs. More specifically here it ermeates through his Oedipal tale of a young man and his mother as she tries to make ends meet. One of the more interesting prespectives from a narrative standpoint that I’ve picked up on was whenever music began to play we were seemingly transported to Steve’s own little world. W’ere with him in that moment experiencing things as he does. Fantastic use of music there by Dolan.

Our Grade: B+, This is an absolute stunner of a film. It’s a bit too long which I’m sure Dolan will get better at as he continues what is looking to be a brilliant career. I can always appreciate a director who knows were his strengths are and stays doing different films that highlight those strong part. That’s what Dolan has been doing. Check this one out if you have not. If you want a well told story, with great characters then this is certainly the film for you

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