AFSCHEIDSFILM IRISTuesday 21 March
Xavier Dolan, CAN 2014
Mommy is fierce in several ways. The square film format immediately gives away to the situation we are dealing with: an oppressive one. Diane (portrayed by Anne Dorval, a recurring actress in Dolan’s films) tries to get her rebellious teenage son Steve back on track. It takes the mother a lot of effort to keep the boy off the street, and just then the new neighbor, Kyla, comes into play. The friendship that develops between Diane, Steven and Kyla makes them all stronger.
It is indescribable how well the young Canadian director Xavier Dolan can depict emotions in his films without feeling melodramatic. No, those overwhelming emotions feel really sincere and raw. Mommy is, if you ask me, his best movie doing this. It is therefore often seen as his magnum opus. And those square frames? Very occasionally there comes a moment of liberation, and the frame opens for a moment. Without wanting to give too much away from this film, I can tell you that it is difficult to have and keep dry eyes. A fitting end to my wonderful period at Zienema. Thank you everyone!
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