I Killed My Mother
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Hubert Minel, a brash 17 year old, dislikes his mother intensely. He gauges her with contempt, only seeing her out-of-date sweater, her kitschy décor and the vile bread crumbs that lodge in the corners of her noisy mouth.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 an typical, combining artistic discovery, openness to friendship,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As a director, Mr. Dolan has a freewheeling style, and he's self-dramatizing enough to want to call attention to it without being too much of a visual show-off."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"A coming-of-age tale as ferociously raw as its teller -- the very young Xavier Dolan."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Dolan's vision, however distracted, remains strong ( ... ) As a writer, director, producer, and actor, he throws himself into the film's disjointed spaces, highlighting the ways in which multiple and contradictory states can be inhabited simultaneously"
‑ Genevieve Yue, Film Comment Magazine
"For Dorval's acting alone, the film is a must-see. Add to that Dolan's own petulant performance, knowing eye for character detail, offbeat camera set-ups and assured direction, and the movie becomes a blissful character study. It's fabulous."
‑ Richard Knight, Knight at the Movies
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‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"There's much to praise, especially the oh-so-real dialogue, but true psychological penetration is lacking and Dolan's hunger to prove his talent results in a superfluity of styles."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"What makes it extraordinary is its depth of feeling, which Dolan's age makes all the more impressive: he was just 19 when he made this."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Wonderful performances, poignant story, light tone and nifty visuals add up to a smart art-house package. Should hold appeal well beyond the gay crowd."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"The film is annoyingly atelene."
‑ Donald Munro, Eye for Film
"If the attention Dolan pays to his character's struggle with the paradox of loving his mother without actually liking her feels remarkably honest, his style of shooting feels anything but."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Uneven but funny and audacious adolescent comedy from a talented beginner."
‑ Peter Brunette, Hollywood Reporter
"As an actor, Dolan's an accomplished comedian, one with a tragic core. And as a screenwriter and director, he's even better."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
"This just might be as close as we'll ever get to seeing "Catcher in the Rye" on the screen. Truly hilarious."
‑ Brandon Judell, indieWIRE
"(Xavier) Dolan's perceptive portrait isn't particularly nuanced but it does have the slap of honesty..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"...the sensational filmmaking debut of twenty year-old writer/director/star Xavier Dolan...exhibits not only technical competence and a strong artistic signature, but the maturity to recognize the underlying causes of teenage arrogance."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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