Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Canada has put in it’s vote for the movie they will put forth for their chance at the Best Foreign Language Oscar. The lucky film, Mommy, has been well received at every festival it hit, especially Cannes. It won the Jury Prize and was nominated for the Palme d’Or and Queer Palm. Even though it is nominated by Canada it still has to go through a few more votes/hoops/whatever fancy film people do to land a spot on the final ballot.

This wouldn’t be the first time the director, Xavier Dolan, has been nominated. His first rodeo came from his film I Killed My Mother. Haven’t heard of it? Well maybe you have heard/seen Heartbeats that played in our Screening Room a few years back.  Mommy stars Anne Dorval, Antoine-Oliver Pilon, Suzanne Clement, Alexandre Goyette, and Patrick Huard.

The film is about a widowed mother going through the challenges of raising her son who is prone to violent episodes. When things start to get dark her neighbor joins their spiraling life and agrees to home school her son.

At first this sounds like a film that can find itself in a dark sad hole or the total opposite where things become all bright and shinny for the characters. That wouldn’t land it an Oscar vote would it? Nope! After reading reviews it seems to head back and forth between the two just like someone who is going through a psychotic break would. I can’t wait to see it, but we have to wait until January for the US release. I’m curious to see what the fuss about his choice in aspect ratio is all about.

Take a look at the trailer and let us know if you would come check out this film.