Movies that are slightly 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.
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…
Xavier Dolan has just become one of my favorite filmmakers.
If not for the excessive runtime, Laurence Anyways could have been an absolute masterpiece. This was my first experience with Dolan and it was phenomenally impressive. It's full of beauty and passion and emotion and style and love and energy. It's often exhilarating, but far too long. Three. Fucking. Hours. The length is my only real complaint about the film. One could say the excessive runtime minimizes the pleasure. It's an otherwise magnificent film. Suzanne Clément is extraordinary. These characters are wonderful. Each moment is emotionally explosive. like the director is throwing all he has at the screen. This is fantastic filmmaking and it made me even more excited to finally see Mommy.
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…
xavier dolan's got me so far up his ass it's ridiculous
Back and forth through 10 years of Laurence's life as he and his loved ones cope with the social and sentimental implications of his transsexuality. Realistic and provocatively confined within the tight limits of the Academy frame (1,33:1), a film that rings true even when its formal boldness swings it towards excess, with striking visual ideas, non-verbal expression and unexpected pace changes. It takes the best part of 3 hours, but it's well worth the time of viewers who can still appreciate being swept off their watching comfort zones.
La durée du métrage m'a longtemps fait repousser le visionnement de ce Dolan, mais il vaut définitivement le coup. Il s'agit là de son plus réussi juste après MOMMY. Suzanne Clément est phénoménale et la scène du restaurant reste définitivement en mémoire qu'on le veuille ou non.
Une oeuvre qui n'est pas sans failles, mais qui démontre une maturité et des éclaboussures de style qui n'agacent aucunement. Qu'on l'aime ou non, le Dolan a, à tout le moins, le mérite de prendre des décisions de mise en scène rafraîchissante, quitte à déplaire à certains. Il se fait plaisir et c'est contagieux.
Stunning in every sense of the word. Powerful, to the point where some scenes are hard to watch, especially when you feel entirely immersed in the images on screen and share the character's feelings. I like Dolan's work because I find it deeply poetic yet it's very accessible to about everyone. His feminine characters are complex human beings which isn't as usual at it should be in films these days. Suzanne Clément is simply incredible. I love how intimate this film is yet it never crosses the boundaries of voyeurism.
However, I am a bit upset that the director casted cis male actors to play transgender characters. Some of the wording also rubs me the wrong way "transformation" instead of…
Xavier Dolan’s 2012 film Laurence Anyways marks a number of firsts for the filmmaker. For one thing, it’s the first of his directorial efforts that he doesn’t also star in and it’s also arguably the first of his films that really puts queer struggles front and center rather than as a secondary theme. More importantly this feels like a transition away from semi-amateur “learning efforts” into actual accomplished filmmaking. The film begins in the early 1990s and tells the story of Laurence, a thirty-something literature teacher who decides to come out as a transgender woman and begins to present as such in public. This being the 90s this doesn’t exactly go well and it puts quite the strain on her…
Yeah... it's obvious to me that Xavier Dolan is a prodigy film maker. He's 27 and he's making movies like this!!!
So deep that i'm drowning!!!
I just feel like Dolan made this movie just to get a pat on his back for making a cute artsy movie about transsexuallity and not to genuinely support the trans community.
Truly glorious and lyrical, it heartbreakingly switches between high-art segments of romantic fantasy and naturalistic drama. The film takes you on quite a wild ride and it's central relationship always find authenticity in its characters. Some of the side characters do distract at times, but the film does well to capture the spectrum of emotions surrounding a transgender change.
A tiiiiiiny bit too self-indulgent/long/unfocussed for me but still well pretty n emotive etc. great music choices as usual xav
An earnest and ambitious run at the epic, operatic narrative from Xavier Dolan. It's not perfect, and in moving straight from a stylish, contained 90 minute three-hander (his previous film, the excellent 'Heartbeats') to a decade-spanning 162 minute saga, Dolan is definitely found over-reaching at times. But he gets away with it, on the strength of the performances of his two leads, and because of the winning sincerity with which he deals with his subject matter.
His film tracks the journey undergone by Laurence following his uncovering of his true identity as a woman, and the effects this has on his relationship with the woman who is ostensibly the love of his life, Frederique. Dolan's approach to the story is…
not like stupid/dull, but as in movies that are so insanely packed with things and ideas and visuals they become…
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.