A few days ago, Vancouver’s Hollywood North Magazine published my review of French-Canadian writer-director Xavier Dolan’s first feature film I Killed My Mother.

Here’s an excerpt below, and a link to the full thing!

I Killed My Mother is the story of a 17-year-old, conflicted young man. He is a child of divorce, he’s gay, and as you probably guessed, he and his mother are at odds. Despite the fact that Hubert (the Dolan surrogate) is the protagonist, Dolan realizes what young people go through during their teenage years can often be extreme to the point of ridiculousness. Essentially, it’s embarrassing how heart-on-their-sleeve young people can act. He includes every trite thing an adolescent says to their parent, but he also gives us the reflected parental perspective, which is nuanced, and thoughtful. Here, Hubert’s mother is at her wit’s end, and although this forces her to lash out at Hubert, you can see when it happens she’s conflicted. Hubert, on the other hand, is in a mess of blind hatred, one that takes hours or days to escape. – Hollywood North Magazine

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