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I Killed My Mother [DVD]

Anne Dorval , Xavier Dolan , Xavier Dolan    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud
  • Directors: Xavier Dolan
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049WRDUA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,546 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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'We love our mothers almost unknowingly, unconsciously, and we fully realise how deep-rooted that love is when we come to the last separation.' Guy de Maupassant

Hubert Minel doesn t love his mother. The seventeen-year-old regards her with haughty contempt, and sees only her dated sweaters, kitsch decorations and the breadcrumbs that get stuck on the corner of her lips when she munches. In addition to these irritating surface details, there are also the cherished family mechanisms of manipulation and guilt. Confused by a love/hate relationship which obsesses him more and more each day, and desperate to escape the suffocating atmosphere of his mother s working-class, suburban home, Hubert drifts through the mysteries of an adolescence both marginal and typical: artistic discoveries, illicit experiences, the opening-up to friendship, sex, and ostracism. The directing debut of young French-Canadian actor Xavier Dolan is a cathartic, fiercely compelling evocation of turbulent late adolescence. Visually stunning, with exquisite performances from Dolan himself as the volatile, verbally savage Hubert and a highly acclaimed cast including Anne Dorval and Suzanne Clément, I Killed My Mother was the winner of 22 international film awards in 2009, including three categories at Cannes.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A 16-year-old boy becomes obsessed with the tempestuous relationship he shares with his mother while drifting through early life and exploring the mysteries of adolescence. {%Hubert Minel} doesn't love his mother, but instead regards her with open contempt; her sweaters are tacky, her decorations around the house are terminally kitsch, and food is always getting stuck around the corners of her mouth when she eats. But it's not just the surface details that drive Hubert insane; his parents wield manipulation and guilt like sharpened instruments of punishment, and the psychological torment is becoming too much to bear. As Hubert's fixation on the volatile love/hate relationship threatens to consume his entire family, artistic discovery, early sexual experimentation, and illicit experiences hint at an undiscovered world of opportunity. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, Ceasar Awards, Stockholm Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, ...I Killed My Mother ( J'ai tué ma mère )

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb, mesmerizing and insightful 21 Feb 2012
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"I Killed my Mother," is arguably Xavier Dolan's (writer, director, actor) most personal and insightful antithesis about the relationship between a mother and her son. On the surface there seems to be an intense hatred between Hubert and his mother (Chantale), both of whom are manipulative, irreverent and at times selfish. In truth they are remarkably alike in both their affection and emotion for each other, with each ironically having an identity that is founded in each other. Herein lies Hubert's struggle, in that through his own insight and desire for independence he causes an external volatility, that is matched only by his mother's equal desire to retain control. This struggle takes on increasingly titanic proportions with both parties utilizing what ever weapon they have at their disposal. As a mother Chantale exerts both financial and authoritative control, manipulating each event to her advantage, whereas Hubert through his intellectual and verbal power, cuts and slices at the heart of his mother.

Whilst this hostility is not unknown in most families, particularly as young men and women start to assert their own identity, what differs is Hubert's passion and personal manifestations. Profoundly insightful in its writing, there are moments in the scripting of this film which leaves you breathless. In particular, the scene where Hubert is unwillingly shipped off to a boarding school in the middle of his academic year, he turns to his mother with scorn: "What would you do if I die today?" he screams with no other purpose than to inflict as much emotional harm as he is possible. He turns and walks away. Then almost under her breath and in a moment of vulnerability she whispers her reply: "I would die tomorrow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine Début 7 Jun 2011
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Xavier Dolan, Canada's latest Auteur (and probably best since David Cronenburg's emergence), weaves an emotional roller-coaster road from the outset of his first Cinematic début as a director/writer.

For some, the effort may feel narcissistic, as the film is heavily packed with personal pieces from Dolan's experiences (which are largely discussed on You-Tube), features Dolan as the lead, and is written in a particular restricted perspective.

Nonetheless, to me, the film feels everything but narcissistic, and rather a tour de force of not only one of the most promising emerging film-makers, but also a presentation of a fantastic film steeped in poetry.

The film may not be the professional seamless film that his next was, 'Heartbeats' (Les Amores Imagineres), but it is still one of the best I have seen this year. And has left me thinking about it for days.

I can't recommend it enough really, the performances leave a powerful hit to any viewer, regardless to say that it outshines the rivalry Hollywood typical dramas that gets made year in year out. The story in itself is a developed piece, something one would expect from a literary figure who has been writing for years.

Merci Dolan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i killed my mother 7 Feb 2014
By billy
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read a few comments of the actor ,director Xavier dolan ,and watched this film first ,which has since become one of my favourite in my world cinema collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power & poetry of glance 22 Oct 2013
By lina
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This was just an incredibly powerful film. Director's view was new to me. It was also full of insight. For me as a mother, a friend, a person. I loved it. But it was not a light film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Film 15 Oct 2013
Xavier Dolan is a fierce young talent who will go a long long way in the industry and artform.

This, his first film (semi-autobiographical, and written when he was 16/17), is a white-hot emotional storm of beautifully composed shots, and the most insightful and honest writing you're likely to see from any other film. Dolan's performance as, basically, himself (Hubert Minel in the film), is a superb one, fully capturing the energies and strife, the fears and anxieties, the effort and the hopefulness that comes with that age.

The rest of the cast are all perfectly drawn, in particular Anne Dorval as Hubert's mother; her performance is so true to life, and so honest about the failures and aspirations of all mothers that I was blown away. Francois Arnaud is also splendid to watch as Dolan's boyfriend; their teenage relationship was treated with maturity and insight, as opposed to the vain sex-fuelled "relationships" seen in other Hollywood films. This, in reality, is the film's greatest strength; it approaches all aspects with sincerity and feeling. This is no doubt due to the age of Dolan; he had just lived these things, after all; but it is still a refreshing thing to see. This is a film that deeply, deeply cares about its characters and their fates, and approaches them with warmth, in a non-judgemental manner. We can see them, for their faults, their goodness, and their kindness, and we feel glad.

The relationship between mother and child is at the centre, of course, and the lurid title is simply reflective of the emotions of the characters; these are two people who prove the old adage that some people can't live with each other, but can't live without each other either.
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