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Mommy

Directed by Xavier Dolan

Canada, 2014

Cornerhouse, 2 April 2015

Mommy

If parents were given the option of washing their hands of their children , pushing the oftimes onerous predicament of raising them on to the state, would they?

It is a question that Dolan explores in this fine film, which focuses on the intense relationship between a single mother and her teenage son.  One of the boy’s issues is his ADHD, another is that he is still mourning the death of his father.

We can see the love between mother and son, but love (as it is here) is finite, conditional, can be all used up.  It is human, all too human.

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