Xavier Dolan Begins Production on His Next Film ‘Mommy’

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"As much as I like combining drama and humor, because life is about the duality of both in all its absurdity, for the same reason I like to write a story with very realistic environments interwoven with more extravagant parentheses and segments," Xavier Dolan once told me. "It’s important for me to have these situations where things are bigger than nature, bigger than the characters themselves, where you feel overwhelmed by life and it makes us remember how small we are and life itself in the movie reminds the characters of that." And now that Tom at the Farm has had its Toronto premiere, of course cinema’s most prolific 24-year-old has begun production on his next feature.

It’s been reported that Dolan, whose Laurence Anyways swept us away back in June, has started his next feature, titled Mommy. Naturally, the name evokes his debut film I Killed My Mother—the harrowing portrait of a troubled relationship between mother and son. Back in March, Dolan also spoke about his first American film, which he’d said was to be called The Death and Life of John F. Donovan and tells the story of a "Dean or Brando"-esque movie star whom "America has been waiting for," who becomes pen-pals with an 11-year-old boy. But it looks like that will have to be the sixth film under his belt, with Mommy kicking off production this week and reuniting him with his frequent collaborators Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clément and Antoine-Olivier Pilon.  

Set in Montreal, what we can glean from the brief description announced thus far is that the film will be a “hints at a darker story of mother-son relationship, featuring a custody battle and a child with a difficult past.” And after straying from his usual milieu with Tom at the Farm—a sparse psychological thriller—Mommy sounds much more of the Dolan world we’ve become accustomed to and love. The details are few but knowing Dolan, we’ll see a release for the film around the early 2014 festival circuit. In the meantime, checkout our in-depth interview with Dolan from back in early summer, as well as the trailer for Tom at the Farm, which will hopefully  received stateside distribution in the near future.  

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Get a First Look at Xavier Dolan’s Next Film ‘Tom at the Farm’

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A few weeks back, we showed you the latest trailer for Xavier Dolan’s upcoming drama, Laurence Anyways. At just 23-years-old, the Canadian writer, director, and actor has opened three features to critical success and established himself as one of cinemas best young auteurs. Always dealing in the realm of sexual exploration and the psychologically challenging effects of love, Dolan’s next feature was anticipated to have been completed before the new year—but without making a formal announcement on the progress of the project, A Life in Film has spotted the poster for the feature, Tom at the Farm, while covering the Berlin International Film Festival. And judging from the looks of it, this appears to be a darker turn for Dolan, yet still falling into the themes of his oeuvre thus far. 

Adapted from Michael-Marc Bouchard’s Tom a la Ferme, Tom at the Farm is a psychological thriller where…

Stockholm Syndrome, mourning and latent violence permeate a story of lies and imposters. A young ad executive travels to the country for a funeral and discovers that no one there knows his name or his relationship with the deceased.Set deep in the farmlands of Quebec, TOM AT THE FARM tells of the growing fissure separating city and country and the respective natures of the men that reside there.

When I spoke to Dolan for the release of Heartbeats, he told me, “Love is really a theme that I want to talk about. Love, human nature—I’m not a thriller guy. Although I would love to direct one good thriller. Everybody dreams of directing something like Se7en or Silence of the Lambs. I want to try different things and test my limits.” Well Mr. Dolan, perhaps this is the one; and test away because we’re excited.

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