An astounding debut by French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan conveying the stark reality of a mother/son relationship. The inspiring use of music, refrain, slow motion, and home video shows a creative talent as expressive as the Pollock-esque painting seen in the film. Dynamic in character and eruptive in action, the film reveals the anxious energy at the core of this always love/hate relationship between boys and their mothers. Dolan proves himself, at a young age, to not only be exceptionally conscious and self-aware but capable of channeling his insights through film.
86/100 – Excellent.