Xavier Dolan (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Once better known for being young, gay, outspoken, prolific (five feature films before the age of 25) and handsomely coiffured, French-Canadian director Xavier Dolan establishes himself as a serious talent with this superb, Palme d'Or-nominated drama. Anne Dorval stars as Diane "Die" Després, a Quebec widow whose unruly teenage son Steve (Antoine Olivier Pilon) has just been kicked out of a juvenile facility. "Die" and Steve need each other but struggle to live together: Steve, who has a violent form of ADHD, is given to mood swings that put a strain on his mother's attempts to get on with her life. But Steve can also be sweet and adorable, and a breakthrough is made as both mother and son get to know their shy and, to Steve, calming neighbour Kyla (Suzanne Clément). Will the peace last? Dolan's charming and artful film keeps us guessing, via an oddly effective range of screen ratios (mostly the square 1:1 to reflect its characters' isolated intimacy) and frequent bursts of joyous FM pop music. It borders on pretentious but never is, thanks largely to Dorval's wonderful, authentic performance as the titular everywoman.


A widow decides to take her violent teenage son out of the institution that has been his home for the past three years. However, his behaviour begins to spiral out of control, and she is forced to turn to a mysterious new neighbour for help. Drama, starring Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clement.

Cast & Crew

Diane (Die) Després Anne Dorval
Steve O'Connor Després Antoine Olivier Pilon
Kyla Suzanne Clément
Paul Béliveau Patrick Huard
Patrick Alexandre Goyette
Marthe Viviane Pascal
Natacha Natalie Hamel-Roy
Director Xavier Dolan
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Other Information

Language: French, English +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 20 Mar 2015