Recently expelled from a group home, Steve returns home to his single mother with overwhelming affection and a dangerously volatile temper. But with Diane’s no-nonsense parenting, it soon becomes clear where the teen gets his spunky attitude from. Striking up an unlikely friendship with a reclusive neighbour, mother and son ride the turbulent waves of affection and angst in a cacophonic manner that is tender at its core.
Mommy was shot as a perfect square in 1:1 aspect ratio, creating an unusually tight screen space that may feel jarring, but gives us greater intimacy with the characters. Dolan’s use of cutting and edgy dialogue also injects forward momentum, propelling the narrative from one scene to the next.
Already Dolan’s fifth feature (at the age of only 26), Mommy is his most mature work to date, clinching the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The film is also testament to the youthful exuberance of a filmmaker on an unstoppable upward trajectory.
In French with English subtitles
M18 (Coarse Language)
Thursday, 15 Oct