Mommy (2014 film)

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Film poster
Directed by Xavier Dolan
Produced by
  • Xavier Dolan
  • Nancy Grant
Written by Xavier Dolan
Music by Noia
Cinematography André Turpin
Edited by Xavier Dolan
Distributed by Les Films Séville
Release dates
  • 22 May 2014 (2014-05-22) (Cannes)
  • 19 September 2014 (2014-09-19) (Canada)
Running time
138 minutes[1]
Country Canada
Language French
Budget $4,9 million[2]
Box office $12,778,468[3]

Mommy is a 2014 Canadian drama film directed by Xavier Dolan. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival,[4] where it won the Jury Prize.[5] It was selected as the Canadian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.[6][7]

The film won nine Canadian Screen Awards at the 3rd Canadian Screen Awards in 2015, including Best Motion Picture.[8]


The film stars Anne Dorval as Diane Després, a widowed mother who is overwhelmed by the difficulty of raising her troubled, sometimes violent son Steve (Antoine Olivier Pilon) as a single parent. Després then begins to receive assistance and support from her mysterious new neighbour Kyla (Suzanne Clément).[9]



An official soundtrack for the film hasn't been released yet. However, these are the songs included on the film in order of appearance.

  1. "Childhood" – Craig Armstrong
  2. "Building a Mystery" – Sarah McLachlan
  3. "White FlagDido
  4. "Colorblind" – Counting Crows
  5. "On ne change pas" – Celine Dion
  6. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" – Eiffel 65
  7. "Wonderwall" – Oasis
  8. "Welcome to My Life" – Simple Plan
  9. "Vivo per lei" – Andrea Bocelli
  10. "Phase" – Beck
  11. "Experience" – Ludovico Einaudi
  12. "Born to Die" – Lana Del Rey


Critical reception[edit]

On 21 May 2014, Mommy received a four-star rating from The Guardian reviewer Peter Bradshaw, who described the film as "a splashy, transgressive treat, from trailer-trash chat to unexpected sex and surprising emotional depth".[10] The film premiered on 22 May 2014, at the Cannes Film Festival, concluding with a 13-minute standing ovation.[11] Following Dolan's receipt of the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Guardian writer Xan Brooks introduced the film as "a boisterous Oedipal comedy".[12]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 89% "fresh" rating, based on 82 reviews, with an average score of 7.8/10; the site's consensus states: "As challenging as it is rewarding, Mommy finds writer-director Xavier Dolan taking another impressive step forward."[13] On Metacritic, the film holds an average score of 73, based on 31 critics, indicating "Generally favorable reviews" in accordance with the website's standards.[14]


On 19 September 2014, it was announced that Mommy would be Canada's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.

The film was included in the list of "Canada's Top Ten" feature films of 2014, selected by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals organized by TIFF.[15][16]

List of awards and nominations
Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
Camerimage[17] Bronze Frog for Best Cinematography André Turpin Won
3rd Canadian Screen Awards[18] Best Motion Picture Xavier Dolan and Nancy Grant Won
Achievement in Art Direction / Production Design Colombe Raby Nominated
Achievement in Costume Design Xavier Dolan Nominated
Achievement in Cinematography André Turpin Won
Achievement in Direction Xavier Dolan Won
Achievement in Editing Xavier Dolan Won
Achievement in Make-Up Maina Militza Won
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Antoine Olivier Pilon Won
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Anne Dorval Won
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Suzanne Clément Won
Achievement in Overall Sound Sylvain Brassard, Jocelyn Caron, François Grenon and Luc Landry Nominated
Achievement in Sound Editing Sylvain Brassard, Benoît Dame, Isabelle Favreau and Guy Francoeur Nominated
Best Screenplay Xavier Dolan Won
2014 Cannes Film Festival Prix du Jury Xavier Dolan Won
Palme d'Or Nominated
40th César Awards[19] Best Foreign Film Mommy Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2014[20] Best Foreign Language Film Mommy Nominated
Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur[21] Best Actor Antoine-Olivier Pilon Won
Best Actress Anne Dorval
Suzanne Clément
Best Cinematography André Turpin Won
30th Independent Spirit Awards[22] Best Foreign Film Mommy Nominated
17th Jutra Awards[23] Best Film Metafilms – Nancy Grant Pending
Best Director Xavier Dolan Pending
Best Actor Antoine Olivier Pilon Pending
Best Actress Anne Dorval Pending
Best Supporting Actress Suzanne Clément Pending
Best Screenplay Xavier Dolan Pending
Best Art Direction Colombe Raby Pending
Best Costume Design Xavier Dolan Pending
Best Cinematography André Turpin Pending
Best Editing Xavier Dolan Pending
Most Succesful Film outside Quebec Mommy Pending
Billet d'or Cineplex Mommy Won
20th Lumières Awards[24] Best French-Language Film Mommy Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Awards[25] Best Picture Mommy Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Mommy Nominated
Best Actress Anne Dorval Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Suzanne Clément Nominated
19th Satellite Awards[26] Best Actress in a Motion Picture Anne Dorval Nominated
Best International Film Mommy Nominated
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival[27] Best North American Independent Film Mommy Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards[28] Best Canadian Film Mommy Nominated
Best Director of a Canadian Film Xavier Dolan Nominated
Best Actor in a Canadian Film Antoine-Olivier Pilon Won
Best Actress in a Canadian Film Anne Dorval Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film Suzanne Clément Won
Best Screenplay for a Canadian Film Xavier Dolan Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Foreign Language Film Mommy Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mommy (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  2. ^
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  4. ^ "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Awards 2014 : Competition". Cannes. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dolan's 'Mommy' Canada's Oscar bid". Brampton Guardian. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Oscars: Canada Picks 'Mommy' For Foreign-Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards 2015: Mommy big film winner, Orphan Black takes top TV trophies". CBC News, March 1, 2015.
  9. ^ "Dolan’s film Mommy up for Palme d'Or at Cannes". The Gazette, 17 April 2014.
  10. ^ Peter Bradshaw (21 May 2014). "Cannes 2014 review: Mommy - dearest work yet from Xavier Dolan". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Xavier Dolan a eu droit à une ovation qui vous donnera des frissons". Le Huffington Post (in French). 25 May 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Xan Brooks (25 May 2014). "Cannes festival ready for shut-eye after Winter Sleep wins Palme d'Or". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Mommy". 15 January 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Mommy". Metacritic. CBS Interactive Inc. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "TIFF Tips Its Toque to the Best in Canadian Filmmaking: Cronenberg, Dolan, and Gunnarson Among Directors Recognized" (Press release). TIFF. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  16. ^ Linda Barnard (1 December 2014). "TIFF’s Top Ten Film Festival: Spotlight on Canadian film". Toronto Star. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "‘Leviathan’ Wins Top Prize at Camerimage, Film Festival for Cinematographers". Variety. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "2015 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS Feature Film Nominations". January 13, 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "César 2015 : les nominations". AlloCiné. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  20. ^ ""Birdman" Leads 2014 CFCA Nominations". CFCA. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "Le 29ème Palmarès!". FIFF. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  22. ^ "‘Birdman’ Tops Spirit Awards Nominations (Full List)". Variety. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  23. ^
  24. ^ "France's Lumiere Awards Nominations Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  25. ^ "'Boyhood,' 'Grand Budapest' lead with 2014 online film critics nominations 9". HitFix. Retrieved 8 Dec 2014. 
  26. ^ "Birdman leads Satellite Awards Nominations". The Wrap. 1 Dec 2014. Retrieved 1 Dec 2014. 
  27. ^ "Lucifer wins the Black Nights Grand Prix". Cineuropa. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  28. ^ "'Birdman' and 'Mommy' lead Vancouver Film Critics Circle nominations". HitFix. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 

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