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Synopsis: I KILLED MY MOTHER is a semi-autobiographical first feature film by then 20-year-old Xavier Dolan. The film follows Huber Minel (Xavier Dolan), a 16-year-old Quebecois living in suburban Montreal with his mother, Chantale (Anne Dorval). On his way out of the closet, Huber struggles to communicate with Chantale, and their relationship grows increasingly tumultuous. In an effort to fill the void, he begins to increasingly rely on his boyfriend, Antonin, and teacher, Ms. Cloutier. Finding himself increasingly unable to express his feelings to Chantale, Huber channels his frustrations into painting, writing, and short films. When his grades begin to slip, Chantale enlists Huber’s absent father to enroll him in boarding school. Feeling betrayed, Huber is unable to come out to his mother, even as he encounters violent homophobic bigotry. Huber plots a final confrontation, having Antonin spring him from boarding school to meet Chantale at their former family home.


Drama / LGBT / Foreign Language




French w/ English Subtitles

Run Time

96 minutes




Anne Dorval (Chantale Lemming)
Xavier Dolan (Hubert Minel)
Suzanne Clement (Julie Cloutier)
Francois Arnaud (Antonin Rimbaud)
Patricia Tulasne (Helene Rimbaud)
Niels Schneider (Eric)
Monique Spaziani (Denise)
Pierre Chagnon (Richard Minel)
Justin Caron (Young Hubert)

Directed by

Xavier Dolan

Written by

Xavier Dolan

Produced by

Xavier Dolan
Daniel Morin
Carole Mondello

Edited by

Hélène Girard


Nicholas Savard-L'Herbier


Stéphanie Anne Weber Biron


Cannes Film Festival - France - 2009

Regards Jeunes Prize (Xavier Dolan )

Cannes Film Festival - France - 2009

C.I.C.A.E. Award (Xavier Dolan )

Cannes Film Festival - France - 2009

SACD Prize (Directors' Fortnight) (Xavier Dolan)

Vancouver International Film Festival - Canada - 2009

Best Canadian Feature Film (Xavier Dolan)

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards - Canada - 2009

Jay Scott Prize (Xavier Dolan)

Palm Springs International Film Festival - USA - 2010

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress (Anne Dorval)


This just might be as close as we'll ever get to seeing "Catcher in the Rye" on the screen. Truly hilarious. - Brandon Judell , IndieWire

It's a strong debut from one of cinema's most exciting young talents, and the chance to finally see where it all started shouldn't be missed. - Matthew Lucas , From the Front Row

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