I Killed My Mother (2009)

2009 I Killed My Mother J’ai tué ma mère tue mere Movie Film Cinema Poster ArtI Killed My Mother received an eight-minute standing ovation when it was shown at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where it won three awards. It is the assured debut of then 19-year-old Canadian director, Xavier Dolan.

Dolan wrote I Killed My Mother when he was 16 years old. By his account, it is the semi-autobiographical exposé of the complex relationship between his mother and himself. Dolan directs and stars alongside Anne Dorval, both giving top class performances.

The depth of human understanding and the ability to convey those ideas to the screen is masterful. The fact Dolan is so young is even more impressive. Here is a directer with a big future in front of him.


You can find more information on this French-language movie on Wikipedia and IMDb. Ignore the average IMDb rating – this is an excellent film.

As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:


Title: J’ai tué ma mère

Language: French

Direction: Xavier Dolan

ScreenplayXavier Dolan

Cinematography: Stéphanie Weber Biron, Nicolas Canniccioni

Editing: Hélène Girard

Score: Nicholas Savard-L’Herbier

Stars: Xavier Dolan, Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clément, François Arnaud, Niels Schneider, Patricia Tulasne, Pierre Chagnon, Monique Spaziani, Benoît Gouin


Full Acting Cast and Roles

J ai Jai tue mere Stephanie Helene Clement Francois Benoit

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  1. MIB

    Very good film but an annoying one considering how young Dolan was/still is! :P

    The follow up “Heartbeats” is pretty good too but a tad self indulgent in places. But I agree, Dolan is definitely one to watch for the future.

  2. i have to check out this, it sounds really good.

  3. Hello there,
    Merci beaucoup for the follow =)
    I have yet to watch J’ai tue ma mere but these are all amazing quebecois actors where could I find it?
    Check out Laurence anyways when you get the chance, It’s dolan’s most recent film featuring Suzanne Clément and Mevil Poupaud. you can watch the trailer here: http://demoipourtoi.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/de-moi-pour-toi-goes-to-tiff/

  4. I wasn’t a big fan of this flim’s plot, however speaking to the director’s effort the film itself was beautifully made. Moreover, I did not quite understand why the main character was so miserable even though his mom was very accepting of his sexuality. Maybe I’m getting it all wrong, comments. Also, I liked Heartbeats way more.

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