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WATCH: First Trailer for Xavier Dolan's Cannes Smash 'Mommy'

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Nick Newman | Thompson on Hollywood July 17, 2014 at 12:44PM

Although it shockingly has yet to secure U.S. distribution, early reaction to Canadian auteur Xavier Dolan’s fifth feature “Mommy" --which took home the Cannes Competition jury prize--was upbeat. You can get a three-minute taste of this intense, emotional rocket ride of a family drama via the first official (and subtitle-free) trailer below, just ahead of its theatrical run in the writer-director’s native Quebec on September 19.
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Anne Dorval and Antoine-Olivier Pilon in Xavier Dolan's "Mommy"
Anne Dorval and Antoine-Olivier Pilon in Xavier Dolan's "Mommy"

Although it shockingly has yet to secure U.S. distribution, early reaction to Canadian auteur Xavier Dolan’s fifth feature “Mommy" --which took home the Cannes Competition jury prize--was upbeat. You can get a three-minute taste of this intense, emotional rocket ride of a family drama via the first official trailer below, just ahead of its theatrical run in the writer-director’s native Quebec on September 19.

Remarkably accomplished for a 24-year-old, Dolan tells the love story of an inept single mother and her sweet but volatile son, who easily pitches into uncontrollable rage. Keeping him calm and happy is key. A sweet neighbor locked into dull family life enjoys escaping across the street into this heady maelstrom, and the improbable trio find happiness--for a while. Stateside moviegoers will simply have to wait and see.

Watch the trailer below:

This article is related to: Xavier Dolan, Trailers, Cannes Film Festival


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.