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Aro Recommended I Killed My Mother


aka: J'ai tué ma mère
Canada 2009, 96 minutes
Dir. Xavier Dolan
In French with English subtitles
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama, Comedy / LGBT, Youth


Aroview: An angst ridden teen grapples with growing up gay and his neurotic, overbearing mother in this feisty first feature from young French Canadian upstart Xavier Dolan.

Mired in 'first world problems', of which young hipsters will have no difficulty identifying with, Dolan's film is nonetheless an impressive piece of moviemaking, both distinct and confident in its handling of film grammar and visual convention (Godard and Wong Kar-wai are clearly worshiped). A keen sense of humour also puts pay to the script's chronic self-absorption; forgivable when you consider Dolan wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film, all before the age of 20.

NZ International Film Festival 2010

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