As anyone who’s been to Trailer University can tell you, the secret to making an emotionally resonant movie trailer is in the music. French Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan knows this better than anyone, as evidenced by the new trailer for his festival hit, Mommy. The movie, about a widowed single mom who has to take care of her volatile teenage son, is Canada’s entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, and cements Dolan, who’s just 25 years old, as one of the most exciting voices in independent movies. But like we said before, dude knows how craft an emotionally resonant trailer. Nevermind it’s weird aspect ratio, but the clip for Mommy starts off more action packed than your usual trailer, setting up the story at a whirlwind pace. It’s scored to One Republic’s catchy anthem, “Counting Stars,” which, when set to Dolan’s visuals, doesn’t feel as cheesy as it is. Then about two minutes in, the trailer crescendos with Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Could Happen,” at which point you realize that yes, yes it can.
And here’s the trailer for his 2012 film Laurence Anyways, which was one of the best of that year.