I Killed My Mother

July 15th, 2009


I Killed My Mother

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A semi-autobiographical story about Dolan as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.2/10 (3,691 voted)

Director: Xavier Dolan

Stars: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud

Teenager Hubert haughtily regards his mother with contempt, and only sees her tacky sweaters and kitsch decorations. In addition to these irritating surface details, there is also his parent's cherished mechanisms of manipulation and guilt. Confused by this love/hate relationship that obsesses him more and more each day, Hubert drifts through the mysteries of adolescence - artistic discoveries, illicit experiences, the opening-up to friendship, and ostracism. The turbulent relationship between mother and son unfolds with a compelling combination of savage fury and melting affection. The stunning, semi-autobiographical directing debut of 20-year-old actor Xavier Dolan.

Writers: Xavier Dolan, Xavier Dolan

Anne Dorval - Chantale Lemming
Xavier Dolan - Hubert Minel
François Arnaud - Antonin Rimbaud
Suzanne Clément - Julie Cloutier
Patricia Tulasne - Hélène Rimbaud
Niels Schneider - Éric
Monique Spaziani - Denise
Pierre Chagnon - Richard Minel
Justin Caron - Young Hubert
Benoît Gouin - Boarding School Principal
Johanne-Marie Tremblay - Boarding School Teacher
Hugolin Chevrette-Landesque - Student Fighter #1 (as Hugolin Chevrette)
Francis Ducharme - Student fighter #2
Pascale Audrey - Art Professor
Emile Mailhot - Classroom Student #1 (as Émile Mailhot)


Official Website: K-Films Amérique [Canada] | Official site |

Release Date: 15 July 2009

Filming Locations: Longueuil, Québec, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $CAD450,000 (estimated)

Gross: $CAD394,611 (Canada) (21 June 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Xavier Dolan wrote the script when he was 16 years old. He said in an interview with French-Canadian newspaper 'Le Soleil' that the movie was in part an autobiography.

Hubert Minel: I wasn't born to have a mother.
Julie: Maybe your mother wasn't born to have a son.

User Review

Well-acted and devastatingly emotional

Rating: 10/10

Review: I Killed My Mother/J'ai tué ma mère 9*/10

Largely autobiographical, the film details the intensely volatile relationship between a gay 16-year-old, Hubert (Dolan), and his mother, Chantale (Anne Dorval). The film builds through a series of richly hysterical conflicts that find these two characters exceedingly incapable of living with or without one another. Perhaps a viciously honest love story more than anything else, I Killed My Mother gives us an acute and compassionate portrayal of both sides of this complex human interaction.

Dolan stars as a Montreal teen whose relationship with his mother redefines "troubled" — the young hyphenate a natural in front of the camera and a little over-excited behind it.

Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival.


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