Cert: 15 Year: 2014 Length: 139 mins Language: French/English
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Score: 66.92% Attendance: 70
Xavier Dolan is only 25 years old and this is already his fifth film. The critics either love or hate him - some seem to love TO hate him - but all say this is his best film to date and drench it with universal praise:-
"Dolan's latest, is his funniest. It comes at you baying and rattling like an early Pedro Almodóvar comedy, threaded through with an infectious love of full-throttle melodrama" - Tim Robey, Telegraph
"This is easily Dolan's best film, and it's exciting to think how many times we might have to revise that statement over the years to come" - David Ehrlich, Little White Lies
The story is about the power of love, and its limits; when does a child behave so badly that a mother cannot cope any longer? Set in a fictional slightly future Canada where a law has been passed allowing parents the right to institutionalise their children without a court ruling, Diana (Die) has this choice hanging over her with a son, Steve, pushing the limits every day.
She appears to be saved by a new neighbour, Kyla, who steps into their world and brings some sanity with her; or at least she seems to; the trio help each other, all is looking rosy... but can it last?
The actors all get great reviews - Antoine-Olivier Pilon as the over-the-top Steve, Suzanne Clément as Kyla and, especially Anne Dorval as Die - while Dolan himself won a Jury Prize at Cannes.
Though he doesn't have Orson Welles beat, this has to be one of the best films ever written and directed by a 25-year-old
Mike Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle.
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