Directed by Xavier Dolan
Opens January 23
Canadian directorial wunderkind Xavier Dolan started out small and personal with his first two excellent movies, I Killed My Mother (2009) and Heartbeats (2010), but he signaled his ambition with Laurence Anyways (2012), a 168-minute epic that followed the travails of a male-to-female transsexual and her female lover. That movie was missing Dolan’s own clarifying presence as an actor, and for all its length Laurence Anyways seemed to have scenes missing, as if Dolan kept following his rococo visual impulses but couldn’t keep clear focus on the central relationship. And that problem has only intensified in Mommy, which runs 139 minutes but only deals with three main characters, none of them in depth.