Mommy is a 2014 Canadian drama film written and directed by Xavier Dolan. The story focuses on mother–son relationships, a reoccurring theme in Dolan's work, and also marks his fourth collaboration with Dorval and his third with Clément. Inspiration for this particular story was drawn from Dolan's discovery of Pilon and the music of Ludovico Einaudi. The film debuted at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize. It subsequently became a critical and financial success, grossing over $13 million worldwide. Mommy went on to win numerous other awards, among them nine Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Motion Picture.
Critic Reviews'Dolan loves close-ups and he gives his actors every chance to demonstrate their talent for ringing the emotional changes in a single take.' Sydney Morning Herald 'As outrageous as it is insightful, Mommy is a mother-and-son melodrama taken to operatic heights.' Times UK 'Dolan has previously been accused of style over substance but here he draws both magnificently together. It's perhaps a little too long, but Mommy is a movie to make you feel alive.' Empire Magazine
AwardsBodil Awards 2016 Winner of a Bodil for Best Non-American Film Canadian Screen Awards, CA 2015 Winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Editing, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Original Screenplay, Achievement in Makeup Cannes Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Jury Prize CinEuphoria Awards 2015 Winner CinEuphoria Best Director - International Competition César Awards, France 2015 Winner of a César for Best Foreign Film Directors Guild of Canada 2015 Winner of the DGC Team Award for best Feature Film International Cinephile Society Awards 2014 Winner of the ICS Cannes Award - Palme d'Or Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) 2015 - Winner IOMA for best Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay
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For The Canadian Press, David Friend called it "a twisty story about the monster that lies within all of us, and struggle to keep it contained.” Peter Howell of the Toronto Star said it was "a jagged but memorable feature... that slowly yields its truths."
‘The leads deliver affecting, nuanced performances, which gives heft to the psychological insights.’ Chicago Reader
‘Immaculately composed yet skittish, edgy and surprising, this impressive debut by writer-director Michael Pearce emanates a chill that will have you hugging your sides.’ Time Out
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International Film Festival & Awards Macao 2017 Winner of Best Actress - Jessie Buckley
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Daphne is a 2017 British drama film directed by Peter Mackie Burns and written by Nico Mensinga. The film stars Emily Beecham, Geraldine James, Nathaniel Martello-White, Osy Ikhile, Sinead Matthews and Stuart McQuarrie.
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‘The film finally adds up to more than the sum of its well-wrought parts, offering a quietly profound insight into this young woman's attempt to navigate a world that is both familiar and brutally alien.’ Sight and Sound
‘It's one of the best films about London living I can recently recall.’ Daily Telegraph (UK)
‘Mackie Burns handles the tale like a seasoned pro, and Beecham is terrifically watchable throughout.’ The Herald (Scotland)
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'Rambling, talky and luxuriantly wistful, the film gives a perceptive survey of the self-importance and decadence of a youth movement.' Times UK
'A remarkable film which drums to its own beat.' Little White Lies
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'Eden, in its loose and free-form way, is as personal a statement as this 34-year-old director has yet made: it's telling that Paul is that age by the end of it.' Daily Telegraph UK
'Absorbing and very moving.' The Guardian
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AwardsAcapulco Black Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance of the Year AFI Awards, USA 2014 Winner of the AFI Award for Movie of the Year African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) 2013 Winner of the AAFCA Award for Top 10 Films and Best Independent Film Austin Film Critics Association 2013 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best First Film Boston Online Film Critics Association 2013 Winner of the BOFCA Award for Ten Best Films of the Year Cannes Film Festival 2013 Winner Un Certain Regard - Avenir Prize - Ryan Coogler Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature Hollywood Film Awards 2013 Winner of the Spotlight Award National Board of Review, USA 2013 Winner of the NBR Award for Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer Winner of Breakthrough Performance by an Actor - Michael B. Jordan Winner of Best Directorial Debut - Ryan Coogler New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2013 Winner of the NYFCC Award for Best First Film Satellite Awards 2013 Winner of the Breakthrough Performance Award
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AwardsCinequest San Jose Film Festival, 2002. Winner of the audience favourite choice award for best dramatic feature. Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2001. Winner of the special mention prize for John Williams ‘for the human approach to a traditional Asian theme’ Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival, 2001. Winner of best feature.
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‘You won't find a more sensitively rendered, evocative, or surprising coming-of-age film than Barry Jenkins's Moonlight.’ Independent (UK)
‘Jenkins' authorial voice is resounding and strong and his determination admirable.; Little White Lies
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