Over two days, my "Movies To See" list is unspooling on The Dissolve. Here's your chance to check them off,…
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.
"You guys like emotion? Good, cause HERE'S ALL THE FUCKING EMOTION IN THE WORLD! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA"
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…
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.
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…
It seems as though I have a streak of overwhelming awe when it comes to the young prodigy Xavier Dolan. He has yet to disappoint and in fact has shown signs of furthering his talent with experience, a promise that has been put him from the start of his youthful explosion into the cinematic world that he has since been keeping. I cannot praise Dolan enough, not as a director, an actor, and especially as filmmaker who puts a significance in showing LGBT stories in cinema with such honesty and humility. With Laurence Anyways I may have officially fell in love.
This is a grandiose film despite it centering on just handfuls of characters. Its lengthier runtime connects with the…
this was my first foray into xavier dolan's work, and may i just say: wow. just wow.
i'm not exaggerating when i say that there is literally not a single bad shot in this film. it's simply made up of good shots and amazing shots.
suzanne clement absolutely blew me away. the emotional turmoil she was able to convey was brutal and beautiful.
and the story-handled realistically but also delicately.
i can't wait to see more from dolan. bravo.
i literally cannot stop watching this movie. suzanne clement is such a genius.
Can I just anoint Xavier Dolan as King of Canada already?
I don't know what it is - something is just missing for me, but I do appreciate Dolan's aesthetic sense. I kept taking screen shots throughout the film and even have one of them as my phone background. I think he has a lot going for him, and I already sense that he and his art are inextricably linked. I feel as if I am beginning to see glimpses of a true creative talent, which is exciting and worth noting. Oh, and Suzanne Clement was AMAZING.
Mommy prep: the only other unseen Dolan film for me until now, and probably my favorite to date.
This is so insanely good, I mean, this is such a mature piece of work, Xavier Dolan truly is a prodigy, this script is mind blowing fantastic, the art direction is insanely good, I don't know if I was having a little stroke or something, but I think I saw Dolan in a cameo appearance, I'm pretty sure I did and he is so fucking hot.
The story broke my heart into a million little pieces, because is so realistically raw, is human nature at the wildest, all the characters are so well constructed and it is both a tough situation and a great love story.
Melvil Poupaud was ridiculous, he slayed my heart and my brain on every single…
Haphazard yet compelling. Can't sustain its own heightened style and emotions. [B-]
dolan's sense of humor just keeps getting better
this movie was hilarious made me shed a few tears laughing of course
no i'm not crying. NO YOUR A BABY!
dolan this is the highest i'm ever gonna rate your films i dont like most of your work but damn did you punch me in the face with this.
Fabulous film work
- Beyond the Hills
- Spring Breakers
- Upstream Color
- Stories We Tell
- Transformers: The Movie
- Home Alone
- Blade Runner
There are some voracious film watchers on Letterboxd with diverse tastes so I thought it would be interesting to see…
- Lie with Me
- Friends with Benefits
- Friends (With Benefits)
Apparently, two-person, monomagous relationships just aren't interesting enough for some filmmakers. I'm okay with that.
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