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.
Extremely interesting and well made
By the third film (Xaviar Dolan's), his stylized approach gets gimmicky.
First Xavier Dolan film I've watched, since a friend has been nagging me to. I have to say, I was not one bit disappointed. To start, he was able to set the tone of the film so well in the first minute of the film, I was already taken away by that crazed sequence of human emotion, which was followed by series and series of fragments of photography type shots.
The depiction of the struggles of Laurence and everyone around him was so real. You were able to put aside the details of the situation and immerse yourself into the film as a audience member, tearing down the screen, something not every film can achieve. Amazing movie all in all and I look forward to watching more of Dolan's works.
at this point i'd watch paint drying for 3 hours if it was shot by xavier dolan
Beautifully filmed, right behind Dolan's Mommy in terms of beautiful photography. Goes on a little too long, but was mostly compelling. Very touching love story.
Dolan has created a gorgeous, exhilarating, heart-wrenching epic with a spectacular cast and an excellent soundtrack. This is absolutely required viewing for any serious cinephile.
Full review here:
I like Xavier Dolan films a lot. They're beautiful, bloated, contrived, fervent films that feel as passionate about their motifs and characters as the characters in his films feel and express towards each other.
I love the music and the fashion, I like the energetic heart behind the films and the stories they tell. I don't like melodrama, but I like Dolan's melodrama. I like how they make me feel, it's messy.
Laurence Anyways is no exception to me. It's a messy story, with messy characters and Dicken like motifs at points. The movie focuses on one couples journey through a character's progression as a transgender woman. It isn't a movie about transgenders, but a character study. In Bergman fashion,…
DOLAN CASI COMPLETO
Excelentes actuaciones durante todo el desarrollo, de nuevo otro buen soundtrack, y se supo aprovechar el formato para el bien de la película y su puesta en planos.
La complejidad del tema que trata tiene sus momentos de relajo con el completo guion que tiene, y me sorprendió mucho lo atrapante que puede llegar a ser aunque se haga muy repetitiva en ocasiones. Siendo así un caso contrario al de I Killed My Mother y Heartbeats, un guion con un desarrollo interesante y un cambio protagonista muy bien presentado.
El problema con todo es la falta de tijera. La historia se presta tal cual a una duración larga, pero aquí hay momentos que honestamente quitaría…
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