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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…
1. Open Google
2. Search 'Xavier Dolan age'
3. Be amazed
This man is 23 years old (5 years older than me mind you) and he can make this! Something of this stature, scope, emotion, and skill is incredible for any filmmaker, but for his age? Remarkable.
After all of the madness of 2013 is over, I will search out his other esteemed works (and I'm sad that I have not seen them yet). I'm really struggling to describe this film to it justice.
It runs the gambit of emotions, not only of its incredible cast and story, but in the audience as well. It made me laugh, cry, scream, repeat. In no way do I have any connection with…
After quite liking Dolan’s first couple of films I was excited to see him tackle a much more ambitious story. Unfortunately the plot hits a lot of obvious troupes and lacked the unique directorial touches I enjoyed in Dolan’s previous work.
the score is sOOOoooOOO BAD
The first half of the movie is perfect, an emotional carousel filled with Dolan's aesthetics. Unfortunately, those 3 hours were too epic for me.
Epic journey of one transgender woman and the woman who struggles to support the man who deeply needs to discover the woman he truly is. Suzanne Clement is fantastic and her diner scene is one the most sincere and impassioned monologues I've ever seen.
Really wasn't sure what to expect with this after practically hating Mommy when I saw that back at Cannes last May. Not to mention the subject matter didn't appeal to me with this what so ever. That said, I actually really enjoyed this film especially the soundtrack and cinematography. There was just one big issue for me that held the film back.
this movie,,, changed my life,// will i ever live aga in??
Astonishingly beautiful film. Dolan's gift is turning serious subject matters into easily digestible, wonderfully written and thoroughly absorbing films - without ever turning it into something false. Laurence Anyways is a shining example of this, with all 168 minutes feeling like a casual stroll through the life of two incredible individuals, an experience that'll open the eyes of even the most open individual.
This film is so beautiful, warm, energetic, grounded and honest that I wish I could live in it. Xavier, I've only seen 2 of your films and both have me on my knees bowing down to you.
I've been meaning to check out Xavier Dolan for some time now. After hearing a lot about how Laurence Anyways is his masterpiece, I figured that it was a good place to start. This is indeed his masterpiece. And he is probably the best up and coming director working today.
Everything about Laurence Anyways seem so perfect. Dolan proves he is a competent director, both visually, in terms of building story and in getting the best out of his actors. It's visually stunning. The soundtrack is superb. I'm just blown away. Now I am super excited for Mommy.
Same deal with every other Xavier Dolan film I've seen. Lots of really good parts but doesn't really cohere into a satisfying whole for me. Suzanne Clément is properly amazing though.
- 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…
- Moonrise Kingdom
- The Avengers