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J'ai tué ma mère

I killed my mother
(DVD - 2013 - French)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
J'ai tué ma mère
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Focusing on the relationship between Hubert Minel, a 16-year-old Quebecois living in suburban Montreal, and his single mother Chantale, the film beautifully captures the anxieties of a mother-son relationship. While he gauges her with contempt, only seeing her out-of-date sweater and kitschy decor, the ingrained mechanisms (i.e. manipulation and guilt) of their relationship beautifully (and tragically) unravel on the big screen.
Statement of Responsibility: un film de Xavier Dolan ; producteur, Xavier Dolan ; scénario et dialogues, Xavier Dolan
Title: J'ai tué ma mère
I killed my mother
[videorecording]
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Kino Lorber Edu, [2013]
Edition: Widescreen
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title from web page
Originally released in 2009 as motion picture
Credits: Director of photography, Stéphanie Weber-Biron ; music, Nicholas Savard-L'Herbier.
Performers: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud.
Summary: Focusing on the relationship between Hubert Minel, a 16-year-old Quebecois living in suburban Montreal, and his single mother Chantale, the film beautifully captures the anxieties of a mother-son relationship. While he gauges her with contempt, only seeing her out-of-date sweater and kitschy decor, the ingrained mechanisms (i.e. manipulation and guilt) of their relationship beautifully (and tragically) unravel on the big screen.
Audience: OFRB Rating 14A
System Details: DVD; widescreen; NTSC, region 1
DVD
Other Language: French dialogue; English subtitles
Subject Headings: Mothers and sons Drama Gay teenagers Drama Adolescence Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Fiction films
Topical Term: Mothers and sons
Gay teenagers
Adolescence
Additional Contributors: Dolan, Xavier
Dorval, Anne - 1960-
Arnaud, François - 1985-
Kino Lorber Edu (Firm)
Publisher No: K1068
Branch Call Number: FRE DVD MOVIE I
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May 11, 2014
  • petehoover98118 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

OK, this has got to be the worst movie I've ever attempted to watch in my life so far! It starts with a guy between 18-22 in a screaming argument with his mom.
And it continues......the arguments stop for about 30 seconds in the first 15-20 minutes of filming and then resume at full intensity.
After about 15-20 minutes I stopped the film because not only is it terribly unpleasant to have to listen to non-stop arguing, but I was literally concerned if I didn't stop the movie there was a chance my neighbors would call the police.

Oct 03, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Huber is a teen-ager, still in the closet about his gayness. His inability to tell his mother causes extreme estrangement from his mother, way more than that which occurs in just plain adolescence. The film is great in showing the great divide that usually happens between a mother and adolescent son as the son seeks space and independence. It is not a pretty picture, this antagonism, but the strength of the film is that the director is willing to receive enmity from the audience in attempting to portray in a realistic fashion the inner turmoil within the growing adolescent, be he straight or gay.

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