Mommy

Mommy

Blu-ray Disc - 2015 | French | Blu-ray version.
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A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.
Audience: OFRB rating: 14A.
Publisher: Montréal : Films Séville, 2015.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Mommy
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (138 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm.
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In French with English and French subtitles.

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Punnoval
Feb 18, 2020

Unlike Xaver Dolan's loony "masterpiece", "Tom a la Ferme", this one at least has a premise - that of "attention deficit" being some sort of inherited trait. Unfortunately, Dolan can't seem to make up his mind whether he wants to make an "off-the-top" entertainment or a serious study. Dolan also has the problem of not knowing how to edit his film stock. There are lots of red herrings and un-answered questions. The home was far too nice considering the destructive nature of the brat. One never knew what the mother did to get money - was it turning tricks, working as a maid or (extremely unlikely) working as a translator.
As far as the story line is concerned the "neighbours" never added to the illumination of the movie - unless one would consider crass entertainment a virtue.
If you want a disfunctional family film, it would be advised to look at Jane Campion's "Sweetie" or (even) "Texas Chainsaw Massacre".

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patexiss
Feb 11, 2019

This seemed to be a movie about a spoiled brat with no discipline or boundaries who hung with adolescent adults that encouraged his behavior with fear and laughter. His mom lived for his approval and was more of a friend than a parental figure.

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Bookworm39
Feb 22, 2017

Great acting by all. A true story. It is sad that parents sometimes have to make a decision like this for themselves and the child also.

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mamabadger56
Jan 18, 2017

Painfully sad, but so well done.

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borges88Laberinto
Jan 03, 2017

So difficult to watch, even disgusting. This film, though, is such a refreshing break from the adolescent entertainment peddled by Hollywood etc. A great cast and a story that is at times mesmerizing. Shot in 1:1 format. Give it a try.

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Grails
Aug 31, 2016

Beautifully filmed. The artistic decisions surrounding the aspect ratio add a lot to the tone and visual style of the film. Great soundtrack, very fitting. Three amazing performances by the main cast with great dialogue to work with. Great pacing, chemistry, and editing. The opening exposition felt a little unnecessary and added a predictive nature to a big plot point and the film could have gone about this in a better way. A great film with a lot of emotion and heart.

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nidus
Jul 26, 2016

I didn't get the drift of this movie. It seemed well made but just wasn't a lot of fun to watch. Pointless, in my estimation.

lotuslori_8 Mar 21, 2016

My husband and I are big fans of Xavier Dolan and have seem several of his films. As usual, the acting is fantastic. The characters are flawed, but very human. We would equate Xavier Dolan to Pedro Almodovar who also has strong female leads in his scripts. The first Cannes prize winning film we've seen that we actually think deserved the award.

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Ron@Ottawa
Feb 26, 2016

The film started off showing promise to be a good one. However, after 30 minutes I began to get tired of the shouting, screaming and swearing between mother and son. At over 2 hours the film is way too long. Overall it is not a bad film, but I do think it has been overrated. In French with subtitles.

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Janice21383
Dec 18, 2015

This is essentially a young man's movie. Mommy explores the tragedy, but also celebrates the romance of mental illness, and its ending suggests a liberation where there is none. Frankly, I had a hard time settling down and watching . Mother and son's opening scenes are obnoxious, mommy's character and education level fluctuates throughout the film, and her son's mania comes and goes, as the plot requires. This may be the point of the film: the fluctuating nature of mental illness, love, hope and reality. That said, there are many moving and blindingly truthful moments, aided by skillful performances, and subtle, effective direction.

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