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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"
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…
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…
Now I understand why Xavier Dolan is praised. After watching his debut film, "I Killed My Mother", I saw little moments of greatness, but a whole lot of boring and mediocre. This film takes those amazing little moments and creates an entire 2 hour and 40 minute film with them. Dolan clearly found his style and harnessed it to tremendous success, because as I said, I pretty much hated "How I Killed My Mother", but I absolutely love this.
The topic is extremely interesting, but I have heard some people who are transgender themselves complain that the film perhaps isn't 100% accurate or doesn't address the issues in a way they would like. But I think what needs to be…
If someone knows how to shoot beautiful scenes with compelling music: It is Xavier Dolan. By the way both actors gave a terrific performance, especially Suzanne Clément
With his first two features, Xavier Dolan showed great promise for his future career. I Killed My Mother is a strong debut and while Heartbeats is not at the same level, there are some interesting things in it.
Laurence Anyways, however, shows a massive leap in ability that fulfills every ounce of promise that people thought he had. It's visually spectacular, well acted and well written, with an emotional core that's hard not to get invested in. It's a really fantastic movie.
Not the best Dolan but a beautiful and exhausting love story anyway.
Laurence Anyways es una excelente película en muchos aspectos. Desde el guion, hasta el soundtrack. Como lei por ahi, "Mucha Pelicula, mucha musica, mucho color"
En tres horas vemos el cambio de un personaje que decide ser mujer, no solo el cambio en el, el cambio en todo su entorno, en todas las personas que lo rodean. Y eso es lo genial de esta pelicula, que esas tres horas, de verdad se sintieron como los 20 años en los cuales transcurre todo
Muchos colores y buena musica, el soundtrack y cinematográfia son el perfecto acompañante para este buen guion. Con muchas escenas que valen la pena recordar
Cuando llega el final, sientes sentimientos encontrados, feliz porque se termina toda la odisea que vivió Laurence y por fin pudo ser lo que queria; Y triste por todo lo que dejó atrás.
A radiant, ambitious, beautiful film. Though it's a tad long, it's visually sumptuous and powerful. Popaud turns in a uniquely subtle lead performance and Clement is his ferocious companion. Xavier Dolan has crafted an expressionist masterpiece. I was absolutely floored by this film and it's utter realization of it's vision.
Something that is only possible if your name is Xavier Dolan: to capture an (almost) 3-hour-long artistic masturbation session on celluloid and get praise for it.
Kitschig. Melodramatisch. Groß.
Xavier Dolan's movies are so tense and full of emotions and simply perfect. Can you just give him all the prizes in the World? Kthxbye
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.