'Mommy' Tells The Story Of A Troubled, Transfixing Bond

January 22, 2015 10:57 PM

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At first blush, Diane (Anne Dorval), the working-class, French-Canadian woman in her forties who dominates Xavier Dolan's Mommy, seems no more than a tired movie cliché, the single-mom slattern who drives other parents in her orbit to come on like the Harper Valley PTA.

Die's voice is gravelly, her language is X-rated, her jeans are skin-tight with sparkly bits, and her teetering sashay along the sunny suburban street she calls home brings pursed lips to neighboring windows. We meet her with blood on her face; she just got through hurling curses at a passing driver...

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