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Mommy (2014)Mommy (2014)

Mommy (2014)

Aiming straight for the heart while punching you in the guts, Mommy is a crazy chamber piece about a widowed mother and her next-door neighbor bringing up a savage teenager

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

9.7

movie

Canada

English, French

Challenging, Depressing, Discussion-sparking

2014

Xavier Dolan

Alexandre Goyette, Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon

138 min

Synopsis

A peculiar neighbor offers hope to a recent widow who is struggling to raise a teenager who is unpredictable and, sometimes, violent.

Our Take

9.7
Bryan

Aptly named ‘Rupert Grint on speed’ by one critic, Antoine-Olivier Pilon plays Steve, an abusive ADHD adolescent who just got out of a juvenile care facility for setting fire to the school cafeteria and injuring a fellow student. Similarly, his mother Diane, played by Anne Dorval, is a type of Lorelai Gilmore on speed – and to say that sparks fly when they clash is an understatement. But help comes from unexpected places: ‘Die’ makes friends with Kyla, an anxious teacher living across the street, who then gets sucked into this crazy, volcanic mess.

Mommy is the fifth feature film by French-Canadian don’t-call-him-a-hipster director Xavier Dolan and won the Cannes Jury Prize for its originality. It is shot in the 1:1 ‘portrait’ format, but every now and then a moment of exhilaration will crack open the frame. The brutality on screen is sugar-coated by an all-over-the-place soundtrack that includes the Counting Crows, Celine Dion, and Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65.

Shrill, violent, and demented, this out-of-control dark comedy will punch you in the guts. But it also aims straight for the heart and doesn’t miss. Prepare to be continually torn between laughing out loud, clawing your seat, and covering your mouth in shock.

Comments

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bhargav n

It makes you emotional but at the same time shows the reality of how brutal life can be if you have both financial and mental problems. Harsh decisions could be made even when love is involved.

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El Beckero

I like it and for some reason I wasn’t expecting to like it, I thought at much it would entertain me but it left much more in me, it touched me emotionally.
Is a good movie, I recommend it. 8/10

K
KIkeYopo

Excellent

M
mommy

There is a reason for the aspect ratio and you will understand it if you watch the movie.

A
ALEN JOSE THOMAS

If you still haven’t watched this movie…please watch it…you wont regret it

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yungeun123

I can’t get myself to watch this movie because of the aspect ratio. It really bothers me.

P
Praj

This is not a simple movie…it’s most of the time as complex as life itself and it is beautiful..

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