Film Mommy

SG Film: Mommy

Date: Time: 19:30 Location: Auditorium (Aula), Cobbenhagen building, Tilburg University

Every first Tuesday of the month, you can enjoy the best movies on the big screen of the auditorium. In March, we will be showing the Canadian drama film Mommy. A single mother, struggling to raise her violent and unpredictable son, finds hope when a mysterious neighbor lends a hand.


Genre: Drama
Film Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément
Language: French – Subtitles: English
Time: 19:30-21:50 hrs. Free entrance (no registration required). Entrance Cobbenhagen building: see below.

’Loving people doesn’t save them.’’

Following the death of her husband, Diane ‘’Die’’ is left to care for her violent and unpredictable teenage son by herself. Set in a fictionalized version of Canada where the law allows parents to place their difficult children in a special institution, the film follows Die's determined efforts to care for and rehabilitate her volatile son. Hope is gained when a neighbor offers to help – but to no avail.

Like Dolan’s previous work (I Killed My Mother), this film also focuses on mother–son relationships. With its raw performances, intimate cinematography, and moving exploration of love, sacrifice, and the complexities of motherhood, Mommy is a powerful and deeply affecting portrayal of a tumultuous bond between a mother and her son.


After debuting at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the film was awarded with a Jury Prize. The film was praised by the critics, specifically for its performances and Dolan’s directing – some calling it his career’s best. Shot in an unconventional 1:1 aspect ratio, Mommy is a wonderful example of modern arthouse cinema.

‘’Mommy is a heart-swelling, heartbreaking, breathtaking piece of cinema.’’
–Vanity Fair

‘’A shockingly honest, nerve-wracking and dazzling piece of cinema. If this doesn't rattle your soul, you don't have one.’’
–Detroit News

Movies on the big screen on campus

Every first Tuesday of the month, you can enjoy the best movies on the big screen on campus:

More information

SG Film Nights are organized by Studium Generale. 

Contact: Annelieke Koster (Studium Generale).


Entrance Cobbenhagen building

The Cobbenhagen building can be entered

  • via the Koopmans building, and subsequently the glass corridor to the Cobbenhagen building, till 21:00 hrs.
    Due to facade maintenance at the Koopmans building access is only possible via a shipping container (for protection). The Koopmans building is closed after 21:00 hrs.
  • via the main entrance of the Cobbenhagen building at the side of the Hogeschoollaan (near the pond). 
  • for disabled and wheelchair users, access is possible via the Koopmans building, or via an alternative entrance from the Warande parking lot and a side entrance to the glass corridor.

For more information, see also Campus map and buildings, and for assistance, please call +31 (0)13 - 466 3000 (Security).

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