Canadian Xavier Dolan wins major award at Cannes

Dolan's ''Mommy'' ties for Jury Prize

Montreal-based director Xavier Dolan has won one of the major prizes at the prestigious Cannes Film festival, but fell short of the Palme D'Or.

Dolan's "Mommy" was considered a contender for Cannes' top accolade, but that went to the Turkish drama "Wintersleep".

25-year-old Dolan shares the Jury Prize with Jean-Luc Godard, director of the French film "Adieu au langage" ("Goodbye to Language")

Dolan's "Mommy"  tells the story of a widow struggling to raise her troubled teenage son. Together, they try to make ends meet with the unexpected help from a mysterious neighbour.

When Dolan first conceived the idea for the film a few years ago, he envisioned the story being told in English, by American actors.

Eventually, though, he decided he wanted to do it in French -- "in my own language, at home, in the streets I know best, in the neighbourhood I know, which inspires me," he said.

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