Hubert has an irrational love/hate relationship with his mother. He voices out his own reasons for disliking her – she’s lenient, inattentive, all things that teenagers usually rant about their parents. He behaves like a self-centered teenager would: the world revolves around him; anything that would jeopardize his life would ruin him. His interactions with his mother usually have both parties in an erratic behavior; it seemed that they never got along. His mother (Anne Dorval) would match his ‘passionate’ outbursts with her own – they rarely share peaceful moments with each other.
The color scheme of the film is telling about the moods of Hubert. He and his mother are always clouded in darkness, while doing anything that makes him happen or occasionally fine is shot in a brighter environment. It also uses the kind of shots that are in place with dramatic pieces, and holds the camera close to its characters. Xavier Dolan carries most of this film, and his brash attitude makes his character stand out. Anne Dorval also holds her end as Hubert’s mom, and ends up gaining sympathy.
So how did he 'kill' his mother? Through his behavior, his self-centeredness, their inability to connect with each other. This stands as a metaphor for teenagers who act out during those years of puberty – when they think everything revolves around them and doing anything else on the contrary is seen as a movement against them. Parents are not allowed to make mistakes, that everything they do should please their children. If they do, they are at the receiving end of what rebellion the teenager chooses to play out. However, that’s not really the case when one grows up – and as the final scene plays out, the whole narrative of the film strengthens this scene.
I may be over thinking or pointing out the obvious. I may also be mistaken for what I’ve written about the film. This might simply just be Dolan's story, as it is semi-autobiographical. This is a kind of film that requires patience, as the entire piece needs to be finished in order to put it together. For the first film of Xavier Dolan, this was a good piece. It’s not perfect, but he knows how to direct.