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Mommy (2014 film)

Mommy
Film poster
Directed by Xavier Dolan
Produced by
  • Xavier Dolan
  • Nancy Grant
Written by Xavier Dolan
Starring
Music by Noia
Cinematography André Turpin
Edited by Xavier Dolan
Production
company
Distributed by Les Films Séville
Release dates
  • 22 May 2014 (2014-05-22) (Cannes)
  • 19 September 2014 (2014-09-19) (Canada)
Running time
138 minutes[1]
Country Canada
Language French
Budget $4.9 million[2]
Box office $12.8 million[3]

Mommy is a 2014 Canadian drama film directed by Xavier Dolan. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival,[4] where it won the Jury Prize.[5] The film won nine Canadian Screen Awards at the 3rd Canadian Screen Awards in 2015, including Best Motion Picture [6] and ten Jutra Awards at the 17th Jutra Awards, including Best Film. It was also Best Foreign Film at the 40th César Awards.

Mommy was selected as the Canadian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.[7][8]

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • Reception 4
    • Critical reception 4.1
    • Accolades 4.2
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Plot

The film stars Anne Dorval as Diane Després, a widowed mother who is overwhelmed by the difficulty of raising her troubled, sometimes violent son Steve (Antoine Olivier Pilon) as a single parent. Després then begins to receive assistance and support from her mysterious new neighbour Kyla (Suzanne Clément).[9]

Cast

Production

The film was shot in a 1:1 aspect ratio although most modern films are shot in 1.85:1 or 2.35:1 aspect ratios. On the unusual aspect ratio, Xavier Dolan said, "I know a lot of people are saying, 'Oh, 1:1, how pretentious.' But for me, it seems a more humble and private format, a little more fitting to these lives we're diving into. Cinemascope [2.35:1] would have been extremely pretentious and incompatible for Mommy. To try to get in that apartment and film these people in that aspect ratio would have been unseemly."[10]

Reception

Critical reception

On 21 May 2014, Mommy received a four-star rating from The Guardian reviewer Peter Bradshaw, who described the film as "a splashy, transgressive treat, from trailer-trash chat to unexpected sex and surprising emotional depth".[11] The film premiered on 22 May 2014, at the Cannes Film Festival, concluding with a 13-minute standing ovation.[12] Following Dolan's receipt of the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Guardian writer Xan Brooks introduced the film as "a boisterous Oedipal comedy".[13]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 90% "Certified Fresh" rating, based on 110 reviews, with an average score of 8/10; the site's consensus states: "As challenging as it is rewarding, Mommy finds writer-director Xavier Dolan taking another impressive step forward."[14] On Metacritic, the film holds an average score of 74, based on 34 critics, indicating "Generally favorable reviews" in accordance with the website's standards.[15]

Accolades

On 19 September 2014, it was announced that Mommy would be Canada's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.

The film was included in the list of "Canada's Top Ten" feature films of 2014, selected by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals organized by TIFF.[16][17]

List of awards and nominations
Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
Camerimage[18] Bronze Frog for Best Cinematography André Turpin Won
3rd Canadian Screen Awards[19] Best Motion Picture Xavier Dolan and Nancy Grant Won
Achievement in Art Direction / Production Design Colombe Raby Nominated
Achievement in Costume Design Xavier Dolan Nominated
Achievement in Cinematography André Turpin Won
Achievement in Direction Xavier Dolan Won
Achievement in Editing Xavier Dolan Won
Achievement in Make-Up Maina Militza Won
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Antoine Olivier Pilon Won
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Anne Dorval Won
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Suzanne Clément Won
Achievement in Overall Sound Sylvain Brassard, Jocelyn Caron, François Grenon and Luc Landry Nominated
Achievement in Sound Editing Sylvain Brassard, Benoît Dame, Isabelle Favreau and Guy Francoeur Nominated
Best Screenplay Xavier Dolan Won
2014 Cannes Film Festival Prix du Jury Xavier Dolan Won
Palme d'Or Nominated
40th César Awards[20] Best Foreign Film Mommy Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2014[21] Best Foreign Language Film Mommy Nominated
Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur[22] Best Actor Antoine-Olivier Pilon Won
Best Actress Anne Dorval
Suzanne Clément
Won
Best Cinematography André Turpin Won
30th Independent Spirit Awards[23] Best Foreign Film Mommy Nominated
17th Jutra Awards[24] Best Film Metafilms – Nancy Grant Won
Best Director Xavier Dolan Won
Best Actor Antoine Olivier Pilon Won
Best Actress Anne Dorval Won
Best Supporting Actress Suzanne Clément Won
Best Screenplay Xavier Dolan Won
Best Art Direction Colombe Raby Nominated
Best Costume Design Xavier Dolan Nominated
Best Cinematography André Turpin Won
Best Editing Xavier Dolan Won
Most Successful Film outside Quebec Mommy Won
Billet d'or Cineplex Mommy Won
20th Lumières Awards[25] Best French-Language Film Mommy Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Awards[26] Best Picture Mommy Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Mommy Nominated
Best Actress Anne Dorval Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Suzanne Clément Nominated
19th Satellite Awards[27] Best Actress in a Motion Picture Anne Dorval Nominated
Best International Film Mommy Nominated
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival[28] Best North American Independent Film Mommy Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards[29] Best Canadian Film Mommy Nominated
Best Director of a Canadian Film Xavier Dolan Nominated
Best Actor in a Canadian Film Antoine-Olivier Pilon Won
Best Actress in a Canadian Film Anne Dorval Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film Suzanne Clément Won
Best Screenplay for a Canadian Film Xavier Dolan Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Foreign Language Film Mommy Nominated

See also

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