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I Killed My Mother (2013)



Critic Consensus: I Killed My Mother's raw, blunt coming-of-age narrative marks an impressive debut for filmmaker Xavier Dolan.

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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 He gauges her with contempt, only seeing her out-of-date sweater, her kitschy décor and the vile bread crumbs that lodge in the corners of her noisy mouth.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, ostracism, and sex. All the while, he is consumed by his all encompassing contempt for this woman he somehow once loved. -- (C) Regent

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Anne Dorval
as Chantale Lemming
Suzanne Clément
as Julie Cloutier
François Arnaud
as Antonin Rimbaud
Patricia Tulasne
as Hélène Rimbaud
Monique Spaziani
as Denise/Dédé
Xavier Dolan
as Hubert Minel
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Critic Reviews for I Killed My Mother

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8)

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

November 13, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

March 13, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

This just might be as close as we'll ever get to seeing "Catcher in the Rye" on the screen. Truly hilarious.

October 31, 2012 | Full Review…

Uneven but funny and audacious adolescent comedy from a talented beginner.

July 6, 2010

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.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

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.

March 12, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for I Killed My Mother

Xavier Dolan is a really talented, promising young director, and his filmmaking debut is this sensitive and engaging approach to a semi-autobiographical subject, a story that balances subtle humor and compelling drama in a more than satisfying way.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

No, Hubert Minel(Xavier Dolan, who also wrote and directed) did not kill his mother, Chantale Lemming(Anne Dorval). That was something he wrote for a high school writing assignment. That does not make her any happier when she finds out, though. However, after things calm down, which is a relative state for this normally bickering pair, she offers to let him get his own apartment at the age of 16. But once he does find an apartment very much to his liking, she reneges on the deal. "I Killed My Mother" is a movie about communication between two people who have trouble expressing themselves to each other. As far as Hubert goes, he is at an age when he is just starting to define who he is and who he wants to be and does not feel supported by his mother. As far as Xavier Dolan goes, he shows promise as a director, especially in his use of two-shots. But ironically enough he has trouble communicating with the audience about his specific point of view. To quote Hubert's teacher(Suzanne Clement), who talks to their mother like this? Which is a question the movie never satisfactorily answers.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

A remarkable film from an 19 year old. Insightful and unflinchingly critical. Beautifully shot.

Christian C
Christian C

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