Anyone who reads this site with any form of regularity knows I love Xavier Dolan‘s work. The first film of his I saw was Laurence Anyways at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, shortly after which I caught up with the rest of his work including I Killed My Mother and Heartbeats before catching Tom at the Farm at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Laurence, as it turns out, made my list of top ten films of 2013.
Now, his latest film, Mommy has premiered in competition at Cannes and has received some rave reviews and today the first clip and the Cannes poster have premiered online.
Starring Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clement and Antoine Olivier Pilon, Mommy tells the story of a widowed single mother (Dorval), raising her violent son (Pilon) alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor (Clement) inserts herself into the mother and son’s household, providing the mother with needed support.
You’ll notice in the clip below that Dolan shot the film in a 1:1 aspect ratio and The Playlist found the following within the film’s production notes:
Dolan used shifting aspect ratios for Tom at the Farm and shot Laurence Anyways at 1.33:1 so he definitely loves shifting the perspective.
This is the first film from the Cannes Film Festival in which I’m jealous I wasn’t there to see it as there is no telling when it will find its way to the States. I have to assume it will have a showing at the Toronto Film Festival later this year, at which I will be sure not to miss it. For now, we have the clip below as well as another photo and the film’s poster.