Xavier Dolan exploded onto the international arthouse scene with his first film, 2009 Cannes Director’s Fortnight breakout “I Killed My Mother,” when he was just 19 years old. His latest and fifth film “Mommy,” opening January 23, returns to the Oedipal themes of this accomplished debut, and in this well-executed video essay created by The Seventh Art, we see his lush, formally inventive filmmaking style evolve across his first four features leading up to “Mommy” (which was left off the Foreign Oscar shortlist despite enthusiasm for the film in both Canada and the US).
As Dolan explained in our recent interview, his fourth film, stormy psychosexual thriller “Tom at the Farm,” has yet to be acquired for US distribution even though it in Venice in 2013. Despite gay overtones, this film shouldn’t have been a hard sell. It’s accessible, darkly funny and contains beautiful people doing very bad things. So what gives?