by John Villeneuve
Full disclosure. Being a highly functional, life-long sufferer of bipolarity (hence the appearance of the conjunction “too” in the title), I may be the wrong person to be reviewing Canadian director, Xavier Dolan’s semi-autobiographical debut film, J’ai tu√© ma m√®re (I Killed My Mother), a movie with psychic damage as its over-riding theme. My bias, I’m afraid, may plausibly lead to overly exaggerated praise. But, then again, maybe not. Over identification as hindrance or insight aside, what is certain is that a young man of nineteen has directed, produced, written and stars in one of the most astonishing, accomplished and stylistically cogent films this year; a film that many veteran directors would envy.