|L-r: Antoine Olivier-Pilon, Anne Dorval and Xavier Dolan on the set of Mommy. |
Photo courtesy of Les Films Séville.
Mommy is an excellent choice for Canada in a year that has several worthy contenders. (Any other year I would’ve been rooting for Tu dors Nicole.) Mommy, bold and audacious, is the best offering we have this year. Mommy marks Dolan's second trip to the Oscar race, for he represented Canada previously in 2009 with his debut feature I Killed My Mother. Unlike Mother, though, Mommy has an American distributor (Roadside Attractions, who handled Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell last year) firmly behind it, which probably gave it an extra lead over Canuck competition. Mommy opens in Quebec theatres today and expands across Canada in the months to come, so everyone best get behind this one: We may have a strong chance of going all the way once again.