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…
An excellent film about acceptance and being yourself, Laurence Anyways is a class act film.
Melvil Poupaud is great, but who really captivated me was Suzanne Clément in her incredible role.
the most mature and complete work i've seen of dolan's so far; a little far-reaching and jumbled, but nonetheless absolutely gorgeous; tremendous performances, especially suzanne clement
Esta es una historia de proporciones épicas, más haya de la duración (2hrs42min), también en la forma en que Dolan arma las escenas, por ejemplo las fiestas, cuando Laurence conoce al grupo de jotillas y es una historia de amor guardando distancia de los clásicos como gone in the wind o casablanca, pero aquí con un giro más apegado a nuestro tiempo.
No denying that Xavier Dolan presents a unique and bold voice in cinema -- and a voice obtained at a very young age. I held back on ever writing about this film until I had an opportunity to see it again.
Much of the flamboyance, look and overall style from his first major film, "Heartbeats," is here. To his credit, Dolan pursues a much deeper level of humanity via melodrama in "Laurence Anyways." The film is bold and gushes imagery, music, emotions and ideas. It is an ambitious undertaking for a filmmaker this young.
Xavier Dolan beats the odds and the film works. The problem here is that the movie works "despite" Dolan. The actors give such strong performances and…
Starts out strong, but completely loses steam as the film goes. Great performances but way too long.
-Fred: Te amo mas de lo que podria amar a un hijo
-Laurence: Que es lo que quieres entonces, vamos, dilo. ¿Que es lo que quieres?
-Fred: Un hombre.
-Laurence:Eso fue un golpe bajo
A marvel of modern cinema: striking formal design, expressive mise-en-scene, and an ambitious, relevant script.
96/100 - Masterful
This one keeps lingering through my head. Very unforgettable!
Gorgeous in every aspect. Xavier Dolan is amazing. Suzanne Clément is amazing.
In my opinion, of course!
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