Tom at the Farm

Xavier Dolan’s mother must feel very proud of him, and possibly a little wary. A busy child actor in Quebec, Dolan amassed a small fortune and, when he reached the age of majority, immediately spent $150,000 of his earnings to finance I Killed My Mother, his first feature film as writer-director. A semiautobiographical story about a closeted gay teenager (Dolan) locked in a battle of wills with his steely divorced mom (Anne Dorval), the movie drew a standing ovation at the Cannes film festival in 2009 and collected enthusiastic reviews when it was released in Europe and the U.S. Five years and four features later, Dolan was back at Cannes to claim a Jury Prize for Mommy, another tale of a teenage son and mother in a fight to the death. No one could call the movie a rehash, though, because Dolan’s take on the pain and pleasure of maternity had deepened significantly over those five years. Continue reading >>