Today Fri Sat
It is forecast to be Partly Cloudy at 11:00 PM EDT on October 02, 2014
Partly Cloudy
20°/15°
It is forecast to be Chance of Rain at 11:00 PM EDT on October 03, 2014
Chance of Rain
20°/13°
It is forecast to be Rain at 11:00 PM EDT on October 04, 2014
Rain
14°/6°

Mommy

Xavier Dolan's film set in a post-apocalyptic Canada has a lot of bark and a little bite.


Xavier Dolan (Canada, Special Presentations)
3stars

Though great Canadian filmmaking hope Xavier Dolan seemed disappointed to have nabbed only a third-place trophy at Cannes this May for Mommy—tied with that other other spring chicken, Jean-Luc Godard—he should buck up. If Mommy isn’t the revolutionary masterpiece its partisans want it to be, it’s at least an accomplished, actor-driven melodrama and a nice step forward in a successful young career.

After a superfluous title card that sets the film in an apocalyptic future Canada where parents can deposit their wayward youth into the hands of the state, Mommy settles into a nice rhythm as an emotional, talky three-hander between exhausted mother Die (a very strong Anne Dorval), volatile firebrand son Steve (Antoine-Olivier Pilon), and gentle, stammering neighbour Kyla (Suzanne Clément), who fleetingly negotiate their way to a peaceful coexistence in the cramped space of Dolan’s claustrophobic 1:1 frame. Like the title card, the square frame is a cheeky aesthetic garnish too many, but thanks to the fine performances of MVPs Dorval and Clément, we’re starting to come around to Dolan’s excesses.


Want more TIFF coverage? Torontoist‘s film festival hub is right over here.

Comments