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Tessa Louise-Salomé
Writers Tessa Louise-Salomé and Serge July
Original score
Gaël Rakotondrabe
Image Philippe Lavalette, Yasmine Amor and Valentin Caron
Sound Stéphane Barsalou, Jérémy Barrault and Laurent Herniaux
Editing Isabelle Martin and Simon Le Berre
Length 52′
Format HDCam, 16/9e
Versions French and English
Copyrights Folamour – ARTE France – 2016
Broadcaster ARTE

Protagonists : 

  • Xavier DOLAN, director
  • Nathanaël KARMITZ, producer
  • Nancy GRANT, producer
  • Thierry FRÉMAUX, Director of the Cannes Film Festival
  • Anne DORVAL, actress, role of Diane
  • Antoine-Olivier PILON, actor, role of Steve
  • Suzanne CLÉMENT, actress, role of Kyla
  • André TURPIN, chief operator
  • Nathalie PAQUETTE, scriptwriter
  • Nathalie PETROWSKI, journalist
  • Laurent TURCOT, historian
  • Cyrille CANETTI, psychiatrist

Once upon a time… Mommy tells the story of the making of this film, which received a standing ovation at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It was awarded the Jury Prize in a tie with Jean-Luc Godard, attesting to the dazzling talent of a young Montreal director, Xavier Dolan, the orchestrator of all his films. A single mother reunites with her teenage son who suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Together, they form an explosive duo to which a neighbour, traumatized by the loss of a child, joins them. The film features mothers in heroic situations. Before everything turns sour. Xavier Dolan is a Generation Y artist, immersed in TV series, blockbusters, video, photography and the Internet. He embodies Quebec’s counter-culture in the heart of the North American continent, which the director describes as “a feminist society”.