Set to an upbeat pop soundtrack of OneRepublic’s Counting Stars and Ellie Goulding’s Anything Could Happen, the trailer for Mommy is a combination of realistic, naturally lit settings and beautifully composed arty shots, with the focus remaining firmly on Dorval’s Diane, and her struggle to raise a sick child. The relationship between mother and son as presented in the trailer is an incredibly natural one, with them presenting a united front in even the most difficult of moments. Between the soundtrack and the scenes selected to be in the trailer, the impression is uplifting rather than depressing, showcasing that family can survive even the most devastating storm.
On the surface of things, Mommy’s trailer looks like your typical film festival prize-chasing movie, but the acting skills of Dorval and Pilon are already clearly on display, as is Dolan’s deft touch for composition and for exploring humanity. His use of natural lighting to create gorgeous shadows heightens each scene, with the positive moments much more awash with colour than the drab grey and white of the hospital, or the street where Steve has one of his episodes.
Finally, there’s the presence of Suzanne Clément as neighbour Kyla. There’s not as much attention paid to Kyla as to Diane and Steve in the trailer, but in what little is seen, Clément appears to also fit in well with the cast, and things all look positive for Dolan having assembled a beautiful ensemble for his drama.