'Mommy' showers audiences with excessive emotion

January 22, 2015 11:49 PM

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It's been tempting for admiring film cognoscenti to label 25-year-old French Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan a fully grown talent, given his five features in the last five years.

Dolan's character studies revel in excess of feeling, and his new film "Mommy" is no different. But in tackling a strained, explosive mother-son relationship — the same subject as his whiny-yet-interesting debut film, "I Killed My Mother" — he seems to be demanding a career-growth gut check.

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