Me, Myself and Mum
Best of SIFF - Just added! | Writer-director-star Guillaume Gallienne recalls his upper-class youth and his ambiguous affinity with his mother (also played by Gallienne), who raised him as more of a daughter than a son. Winner of five César Awards, including Best Picture.
These last years have seen their fair share of autobiographical queer movies and stories about characters facing questions of gender and sexual identity, seemingly alone before a hostile world. Me, Myself and Mum takes a particularly unique place among them: less grave, more pop, more playful. Comedian Guillaume Gallienne’s first directorial work, based on his one-man play, recalls his youth among the upper class and his ambiguous affinity with his mother, who raised him as more of a daughter than a son, insisting that he is gay despite Guillaume’s uncertainty. A member of the Comédie-Française, Gallienne excels in the art of transformism—playing himself at different ages, his mother, and his mental projections (including Sissi of Austria)—and his do-it-yourself spirit translates confidently from the minimalism of his stage show to the wider canvas of cinema. With its lively, subtly cadenced screenplay, Me, Myself and Mum takes its serious, contemporary subject and stamps it with an elegant humor.
Guillaume Gallienne is a French actor and film director who has been a member of the Comédie-Française company since 1998. He made his film debut 1992 in Tableau d'honneur and he has starred in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006). Me, Myself and Mum was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Art Cinema Award and the Prix SACD.
- Director: Guillaume Gallienne
- Principal Cast: Guillaume Gallienne, Diane Kruger, Françoise Fabian, Nanou Garcia, André Marcon
- Country: Belgium, France, Spain
- Year: 2013
- Running Time: 95 minutes
- Producer: Cyril Colbeau-Justin, Jean-Baptiste Dupont, Édouard Weil
- Screenplay: Guillaume Gallienne
- Cinematographers: Glynn Speeckaert
- Editors: Valérie Deseine
- Music: Marie-Jeanne Serero
- Awards: Cannes 2013 (Director’s Fortnight: Art Cinema Award), César Awards 2014 (Best Film, Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, First Film)
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: French
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Gaumont