Xavier Dolan’s 2014 feature Mommy is the kind of film that warms you from the inside out. It presents you with a life less than perfect, unafraid to show to the characters’ vicissitudes of fortune. It is brutal and unnerving at times, but in the end you find yourself enamoured with the characters; not in spite of their flaws, but because of them.
(N.B. I have included some minor spoilers from this point on. Though there is nothing major in regards to plot, I recommend you watch the film before reading as it has the best effect when you go in with a blank slate.)
The audience gets a distinct and singular sense of the film being vital and alive in every way possible, the events on screen being only one sense of this. Continue reading