And you thought your teenager was angsty.
Hubert (Xavier Dolan, who also wrote and directed this) is a selfish, angry teen who is almost obsessed with his hatred of his vain mother. (Anne Dorval) It seems to consume his thoughts and his solutions for said hatred are never feasible.
This film was very interesting. I watched it with my teenage niece, and she found herself agreeing with Hubert on most things, where as I tended to side with his mother. I kind of had to laugh about it afterwards. She thought the mother was wrong for telling Hubert she'd consider about letting him move into his own apartment (he's 16) and I told her Hubert was stupid for even thinking that his mom would actually allow it. It made for an interesting discussion, because neither of these characters are likable, yet I was still glued to my screen the entire time.
Dolan was a teenager when he made this semi-autobiographical film, and that in itself is impressive. He could've made himself look better and his mother to look like a real villain, but he didn't. He kept it raw and unapologetic. The imagery is beautiful and he gives a very convincing performance. This is one director I'm looking forward to seeing more of. Judging by this one, he's got a bright future ahead of him.
Memorable Quote: "I'd die tomorrow." - Chantale (Anne Dorval)