A working-class Quebec mother struggles to care for her troubled teenage son until a chance encounter with their shy neighbor offers unexpected hope for a brighter future in this affecting drama from director Xavier Dolan. Diane (Anne Dorval) is a single, uneducated mother whose emotionally volatile son Steve (Antoine Olivier Pilon) resides in a government institution for troubled youths. Determined to care for Steve despite the challenges he poses, Diane brings him back home, where his increasingly erratic mood swings pose more of a problem than she anticipated. Just when it begins to appear as if Diane has reached her emotional breaking point, an encounter with her withdrawn neighbor Kyla (Suzanne Clement), a teacher on sabbatical, offers hope for a brighter future. Unfortunately for all three, a violent transgression from Steve's past soon comes back to haunt him, casting a bleak shadow over a situation that had appeared to be improving.~Daniel Gelb
The director has a lot of talent, but he's a work in progress.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Decent Movie, Terrible Home Video Release
Xavier Dolan isn't one of my favorite directors for a multitude of reasons and "Mommy" demonstrates what I admire and am annoyed by regarding this young Canadian director's filmography. Having said that, I find myself surprised by how uninvolved the home video release of this feels. A good anamorphic widescreen transfer aside, Lionsgate gives this a genuinely "barebones' release, which is a shame given the Canadian DVD (and Blu-Ray) release includes several features detailing the filming and a plethora of deleted scenes. In lieu of that, I'd still recommend this to fans of Dolan or anyone looking for something "different" in their DVD collections.