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A feisty widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old ADHD son. As they struggle to make ends meet, Kyla, the peculiar new neighbor across the street, offers her help. Together, they find a new sense of balance, and hope is regained.
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The movie starts with Die bringing her ADHD and anger-plagued son Steve home from juvenile detention. She is a single mom with a potty mouth of her own, always smoking and throwing come-backs to his comments. Yet she will sacrifice for Steve. But barely back home and Steve freaks out and an intense fight ensues. It is this fight that makes the viewer realize that Steve is very unpredictable. What will set him off next?
Die meets her neighbor Kyla, a teacher on sabbatical who volunteers to help Steve with his homeschooling. She has her own secrets. The two develop a trusting friendship. Kyla and Die also develop a friendship that centers around Steve. Steve shows improvement in his social skills, but he has difficulty trusting men around his mother.
Xavier Dolan filmed this movie in a 1:1 ratio, creating a square screen. This is offputting at first, but the psychological suspense is so intense all throughout this movie that one soon doesn't notice the format. Die, Steve and Kyla and others are all performed by stellar actors.Bravo for showing mental illness in a humane manner. If there is a flaw, it's that some scenes are needlessly long.
This is a French-Canadian film with subtitles. Warning: scenes of violence.