In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.
Set in the 1980s and 1990s, a man tries to salvage his relationship with his fiancée after revealing to her his aspirations of becoming a woman. This is the story of a wild and unusual love.
In his early twenties, Dolan already had the directorial power to turn a simple hallway sequence into an incredible display of human emotion.
So many faces.
Throughout this whole film,
so many beautifully photographed faces.
I can see what he means when he says he's more inspired by photography than film; it shows in the way that he captures imagery as if he's trying to communicate moments to his audience, moments that build on top of one another into fragments of lives.
And then there's that second in the film where, if you know his appearance, you see little Xavier show up in an uncredited role and he looks, well... just that, little. So young, yet already so brilliant. I…
pretty stunningly big-hearted, not to mention gorgeous. i've been resistant to Dolan in the past but this is a real jump for him aesthetically, much more confident and very up front about wearing his influences (i particularly liked all the CLOCKWORK ORANGE-y wide-angle symmetry). and while i try very hard not to be an ignorant person this pierced my white straight male privilege in spots i hadn't previously considered, so not to sound glib but this was both entertaining and informative. really terrific.
For a number of years I have had an interest in the Cannes film festival, but nothing more than a desire to read an article or two after all the films had be screened and the awards handed out, read up on a few highly regarded works (and the ones that are viciously booed, I tend to enjoy those as well) so I could mark my calendar of their eventual wide release date. 2014 was a new year and with it a far more intense passion for seeing as many films as possible, for discovering new auteurs and learning what made their particular styles unique and exciting, and for not limiting myself to the releases that are given massive marketing…
Another one to file under #WhyImATalentlessShithead. Dude wrote and directed this at the age of 22. WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT!?!? Excuse me as I flagellate myself.
Now, moving away from what a douche I am and what a wunderkind this Dolan character is...
First of all, Suzanne Clément.
I'll repeat that: Suzanne Clément, Suzanne Clément, Suzanne Clément, Suzanne Clément, Suzanne Clément, Suzanne Clément, Suzanne Clément, Suzanne Clément and oh yeah, did I mention Suzanne Clément?
A shattering performance. I will marry this woman.
Back to Dolan. Homeboy knows how to use a song. I've said this before, and I've just said it again.
Also: Suzanne Clément.
Back to Dolan. Cause he wasn't talented enough already, he had…
Damn! This turned out to be quite a surprise, I mean I've heard that Xavier Dolan was something of a wunderkind but I didn't think I would be this impressed. Now I have to watch all of Dolan's films.
I was hooked straight from the beginning when the camera slowly pulls away from a curtain dancing window while Fever Ray's If I Had A Heart blares from the speakers. Then again, anything set to sound of Karin Dreijer Andersson's voice will, more than likely, have me hooked. That entire opening sequence was outstanding with Laurence, stepping out as a woman and the camera tracking all the faces and glances he's receiving.
I loved all the magical, experimental visual flourishes that…
Laurence of a Labia
En estos tiempos de Caitlyn Jenner donde se ha hecho viral el tema de cambio de sexo, es bueno ver un película como ésta, donde en casi 3 horas de película nos muestra todo este proceso, con un buen guión, imágenes surreales, increíble soundtrack, planos bien cuidados y unas excelentes actuaciones de parte de Clément y Poupaud.
Además, muestra que no es lo mismo el género con el que te sientes identificado y la orientación sexual. Es más que solo una película romántica.
It shouldn't be any surprise to anyone that when Xavier Dolan took on the topic/issue of the transgender in Laruence Anyways that he would fly in the face of all expectations. First he casts in the lead role the most unlikely of male stars, the incomparable Melvil Poupaud, a tall, thin, pale, dark-haired French actor who started his film career playing children in the films of Chilean director, Raul Ruiz. But the fact that the character he plays, Laurence, is a university literature professor, shows the lofty art-driven perch from which Dolan pitches his topic full of literary references and poetry and grand passions and opera and finally imbued with so many of his lyrical and artistic touches that it…
i'm always a slut for xavier dolan
I was mesmerized from opening shot to credits. Sometimes, you meet a movie, and you are grateful to have it in your life, in the world. This is one of those movies for me. I'm utterly smitten.
Laurence of a Labia
Even though “Laurence Anyways,” is about the title character(Melvil Poupaud), a transgender teacher and poet, the movie is in reality not so much concerned about gender. Rather, it is about transformation in general, as it charts ten years in the life of her and her long time girlfriend Fred(Suzanne Clement), a production assistant for movies, during the 1990's while charting the evolution of their ever changing relationship. As such, writer-director Xavier Dolan shows marked improvement in his visual presentation with several very memorable images. For example, the first time Laurence walks through a school hallway in women’s clothes has to be one of the bravest things a character has ever done in a movie. At the same time, I’m not…
I fucking hate Xavier Dolan.
This movie is honestly a masterpiece. The relationship between the two main characters was so natural and every choice that was made to reflect the time period was done so effectively. I noticed a couple weak performances from minor characters but it didn't even come close to taking away from the suburb performance of literally everyone else. The cinematography was great as well, this movie deserves so much more recognition.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"MAYBE WHAT THEY WON IS THEIR OWN LOST" ... What can I say, one of my favorite films from MASTERMIND Dolan.
He portraits this very complex story into such an amazig drama and visualy attractive film. I love how Dolan gives you little hints about the plots but he's clever enough to show it on time, with those amazing sequences that are "very Dolan", it looks like a videoclip but you can see (thanks to the acting) trhough it, you can understand what the characters feel like.
Also he has such an eye for details, wich I honestly missed a few the first time but I watched again and is one of those films where you can discover new things…
In my opinion, of course!
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