Weekend Picks that you can bring home to mom, featuring two efforts from contemporary cinema’s next great hope, 26-year-old Québécois writer, filmaker, and actor, Xavier Dolan.
A feisty widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her explosive fifteen year old ADHD son. As they try to make ends meet and struggle with their unpredictable menage, the peculiar, new girl across the street, Kyla, benevolently offers her help. Together, they find a new sense of balance, and hope is regained.
Focusing on the relationship between Hubert Minel, a 16-year-old Quebecois living in suburban Montreal, and his single mother Chantale, the film beautifully captures the anxieties of a mother-son relationship. While he gauges her with contempt, only seeing her out-of-date sweater and kitschy decor, the ingrained mechanisms (i.e. manipulation and guilt) of their relationship beautifully (and tragically) unravel on the big screen.
A well-to-do Bucharest architect is determined to keep her deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. How far will she go to convince the police, eyewitnesses, and even the victim’s family that her son was not recklessly speeding? A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism, this caustic look into the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love.