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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.
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…
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…
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…
"A drama that charts ten years in the relationship of a male-to-female transsexual's relationship with her lover."
Xavier Dolan, you were 23 years old when you made this film, 23 for fuck's sake! In the age of 23, a homosexual "newbie" (not quite, but still...) has made a masterpiece! Hands down, hat's off and all that stuff, you my man, has begun the path on becoming a god! A god in filmmaking, as simple as that.
Everything in this film is perfect! I was hooked right away, and the film never let go of me. The acting is brilliant, the directing, music, camerausement (this especially) and the film looks astonishing!
I would never have tought a film like this would…
Dolan once again demonstrates his almost operatic flair for ambitious, dramatic storytelling. At the heart of all the stunning visuals and perfectly crafted dialogue, though, is an epic and affecting love story. Just beautiful.
'You have crossed the borders of my life, of my town, of my street. All that's left is my front door. I think you know where to find me?'
As visually stunning as Mommy, if not more (thank you, production designers!) Each frame is just so meticulously composed. Xaviar's vision is like a tolerable version of Wes Anderson that I celebrate and welcome with open arms! Beautifully coloured too. Loved the references and the dialogue created around colour, too! (stunning red bathroom).
I guess I didn't care much for the characters as I did for Mommy. I do really admire the story's ability to deconstruct gender and sexuality into very grey areas – very thought-provoking dialogue and parallels.
Suzanne Clement, just wow. Another knockout performance.
Actually, I really liked all the extras too. The wardrobe was fantastic and they were incorporated in such an inclusive way. Really helped paint the picture of time and place, for me. Really cool stylistic elements too. The purple colored font of the letter comes to mind immediately. And that waterfall shot.
Stop it Dolan you're making me jelly
Xavier Dolan's "Laurence Anyways" is not really the film you think it is going to be. The film focuses less on the struggles of Laurence than on the struggles of the people that surround him, including his girlfriend, which is a large part of the movie. Beautifully filmed and highly rewarding.
Par spīti garumam filma neliekas mākslīgi stiepta vai samocīta. Vienkārši tāds stāst par literatūras pasniedzēju, kurš sevi jūt kā sievieti un vēlās dzīvot kā sieviete. Ar visām tām sekām ko tāds lēmums var izraisīt sabiedrībā, kolēģos, līdzcilvēkos un ģimenē. Nav jau visu laiku ļoti aizraujoši, bet tiko kaut kam sāc nenoticēt, vai pazaudē pavedienu varoņu rīcības motīvos, vai vienkārši viss sāk likties par sarežģītu tā seko kāds atslābuma moments kā feinā mūzikas videoklipā. Jāsaka, ka mūzikas izvēle ir viens no filmas trumpjiem.
Ja esi kvēls Kaspara Dimitera fans, tad šo labāk neskaties, bet kopumā mazliet smeldzīgs, bet ar gaišu pēcgaršu stāsts par cilvēkiem, kuri ir mums līdzās un katram pašam jāuzdod sev jautājums vai tu spēj to pieņemt vai nē, vai tu vienīgais uzskati ka esi pareizs utt.
Viss ir relatīvs.
Bet filma ir noskatīšanās vērta.
damn you Dolan, you director prodigy!
A fascinating film about relationships and transsexuality, filled with a huge amount of fantastic scenes and a contemporary score. Plus, all the performances are flat-out stunning, especially Suzanne Clement's (who I can't wait to see in Dolan's newest feature Mommy).
This is the first film I've seen by Dolan, but I'm definitely going to be checking out more of his work (probably starting with Tom at the Farm). This is an unbelievable attempt from a guy in his early twenties and I can only imagine how good his films will be in the near future.
dolan pls don't be so talented
- 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