Listen: 62-Minute Talk With Xavier Dolan, Plus Spotify Playlist Of All The Songs In 'Mommy'

January 22, 2015 11:06 PM

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Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” is a film that will provoke a wide range of responses. I predict that reactions to “Mommy” will run the gamut from ecstasy to exhaustion and all the way back again. Dolan’s latest is exuberant, unabashedly sincere moviemaking, heavily indebted to stylists like Pedro Almodovar and Danny Boyle, and though it’s sometimes a trying watch, it’s certainly one of the more emotionally expensive cinematic experiences of the year. Our own Jessica Kiang dug it (here’s her A- review), and while I myself have my reservations, it’s impossible to walk away from the film without feeling like you’ve witnessed… something.

This bracing psychocomedic reverie about a violent, fucked-up teen and the mother who drags him kicking and screaming through life, is itself a spiky, unpredictable grab bag of narrative tricks. But the fact is that Dolan, at 25, has more full-length features under his belt than Orson Welles did at ...

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