I Killed My Mother (2009)

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I 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

Screenplay: Xavier 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

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  1. Very good film but an annoying one considering how young Dolan was/still is! 😛

    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.

    1. Where could you find the film? Amazon.fr probablement. ;O)

      Thank you very much for the film tip – always greatly appreciated!

  2. 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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