After making his indelible mark with his feature debut I Killed My Mother (J'ai tué ma mère) at the tender age of 19, Xavier Dolan followed it up with the arresting exposé of modern day friendship, sexuality and seduction that is Heartbeats (Les amours imaginaires). Both titles will be released on DVD in the UK in September by Network Releasing.
I Killed My Mother / J'ai tué ma mère (15)
Dolan announced his arrival as a hugely talented writer, actor and director with this complex, turbulent expose of the relationship between a mother and her son. Teenager Hubert is torn between his affection and contempt for his single mum and her ways. Amidst the shadow of his love/hate feelings for his parents and their ways, he is also discovering the mysteries of adolescence and his own sexuality. The strong passion between the mother and son unfolds as a compelling combination of savage fury and melting affection.
Xavier Dolan's remarkable debut received an 8-minute standing ovation when it premiered in Cannes 2009, it has also won various awards including Cannes Directors' Fortnight and C.I.C.A.E. award.
Heartbeats / Les amours imaginaires (15)
Jules et Jim meets The Dreamers in the follow-up to Dolan's directorial debut, I Killed My Mother. Heartbeats explores the complex relationship between three hip French Canadian teenagers. Francis (Xavier Dolan) and Marie (Monia Chokri) are close friends. The tight bond that they take comfortably for granted is severely tested when during lunch one day, they meet Nicolas (Niels Schneider), a new arrival in town from the country. As a beautiful young man, Nicolas becomes the object of desire for both Francis and Marie. As they slide further into their obsessive fantasies, the trusted friendship between Francis and Marie begins to crack under the pressure of competing for the affection of the new kid on the block.
In turns humorous, profound and seductive, Heartbeats further cements Xavier Dolan's standing as a young, gifted auteur.
I Killed My Mother and Heartbeats will be released individually on UK DVD by Network Releasing on 12th September 2011 at the RRP of £12.99 and £15.99 respectively.
No extra features have been listed in the press release, but some on-line sites are suggesting trailers and cast interviews could be on the Heartbeats disc.