“A woman struggles to raise a son with ADHD until she meets someone who can once more giver the hope she needs to keep trying.
“Mommy” is a movie that reeks of powerful scenes and even more powerful acting. The performances here can only be described as spectacular. Without such amazing actors, Anne Dorvale as “Diane” Suzanne Clement as “Kyla” and Anoine-Olivier Pilon as Steve, this film could have easily fallen completely flat on its face. So much of this movie is carried by the way the actors portray their characters. One of the things I find hardest to describe during these reviews is just what kind of weight and emotion the actors manage to bring to the scene and in the case of this movie that is doubly true. I wish more than anything else I could just give you a glimpse of the raw emotion that is given to… no forced upon you by this film.
One of my biggest complaints about this film is also one of my favorite things about it. Its a bit of a spoiler so if you plan on watching this, which you should, skip to the end for my final thoughts on “Mommy”. When the film started I immediately noticed that the aspect ratio was in 1:1, a perfect square. It felt claustrophobic compared to what most films are shown in. While I was enjoying the movie I couldn’t quite get past how awful the tiny ratio made me feel.
It wasn’t until about the halfway mark, when Diane and her son Steve have begun to straighten out your lives that Steve quite literally spreads the aspect ratio to a more normal state. For the first time since the movie started you feel like you get to breath, like there is finally room. You had just gotten so used to everything being small that when it returns to normal it feels anything but normal. But, when it goes back to 1:1, when it goes back. After a lawsuit is brought against Diane for something her son did the ratio returns to the 1:1 ratio and it is crushing, for once you felt like you could breath and it that ability is once again robbed from you. I don’t think I have ever seen quite an inventive way of expressing emotion to the viewer and I don’t know if I ever will again.
“Mommy” is a story that smothers you with its theme and I mean that in the best way possible. While crushingly sad it manages to leave you with a message of hope, something that too many sad movies tend to leave out for better or worse. I give “Mommy” a 9.5/10
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