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I Killed My Mother

  • Cannes Film Festival – Director’s Fortnight – C.I.C.A.E. Award, Prix Regards Jeune, SACD Prize 

A semi-autobiographical story about Dolan as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.


Hubert Minel, a brash 17 year old, dislikes his mother intensely. He gauges her with contempt, only seeing her out-of-date sweaters, her kitschy decor and the vile bread crumbs that lodge in the corners of her noisy mouth.
Below the surface of these irritating traits, lie the ingrained mechanisms that his Mother has always cultivated so dearly - manipulation and guilt. Hubert, confused and torn by a love-hate relationship that obsesses him more and more each day, wanders in and out of an adolescence that is both marginal and typical, combining artistic discovery, openness to friendship, ostracism, and sex. All the while, he is consumed by his all encompassing spite for this woman he somehow once loved.
After distressing ordeals and tragic episodes, Hubert will find his mother on the foamy banks of Saint Lawrence River, where he grew up. To the mystical sounds of wild geese under a crimson sunset, a moment of peace will arise, as from the past - and a murder will be committed, the murder of childhood.

Director's Profile : Xavier Dolan

Xavier Dolan was born in Montreal in 1989. He made his debut when he was very young and appeared in several commercials for a pharmaceutical company, and then went on to work in television and film.
I KILLED MY MOTHER is his first feature as both director and producer. He wrote it when he was 17.


Written&Directed by Xavier Dolan
Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud, Suzanne Clement, Patricia Tulasne, Niels Schneider, Monique Spaziani
2009/Canada/Colour, B&W/100min/French/Original Title: J'ai tué ma mère


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