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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.
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's got me so far up his ass it's ridiculous
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…
I wasn't as affected as watching Mommy but everything I love about Dolan is in full force here.
His visual stylings are brash - the symmetry, the intense closeups, the use of full colour backdrops (painted walls, snow covered street etc), the music videoesque montages - and all set to a rousing classical and '90s pop ballad soundtrack that just somehow works.
Sure the film wears its emotionality on its sleeve but Dolan works both his characters and his actors (in an ensemble of great performances) through both the histrionic and acutely personal moments with rare confidence. He has a talent for building the psychology of intense individuals.
Due to the person that Laurence is (shallow and parasitic) and the…
I think I like Xavier Dolan because he tells things the way I always wanted to tell them, through special colors, yells, metaphors and a beautiful image composition (and also a really personal soundtrack).
The third film from Royce's picks for me.
At first layer, an emotionally exhausting examination of responsibilities and balancing them with personal happiness. The search for a life in good faith. Secondarily, it focuses more on social justice, condemning the different ways almost all minorities are treated. Throughout, it remains a piece of universal relevance, which considering it's subject matter and the state of the average modern audience, is quite the feat.
What blows my mind the most about Laurence Anyways, however, has nothing to do with the subject matter and the way it interacts with it. My blown mind is resulting, almost single handedly, from the cinematic sensibilities exhibited in this film. I was obviously aware that Dolan encompassed…
get me tissues
it felt really long... but completely worth it.
"Laurence Anyways" di Xavier Dolan
Bon, finalement! Il faut dire que puisque mon genou m'empêche d'aller au gym, et que le beau temps n'est plus, j'ai décidé de faire un blitz de films longs... et que Juste la fin du monde m'a donné le goût de finalement voir ce film qui traînait chez moi, acheter pas cher au Archambault. J'ai bien aimé. C'est assez extraordinaire de comparer ce film a son précédent, Les amours imaginaires (que je n'avais pas beaucoup aimé... devrais-je le revoir?) et de voir a quel point Dolan a évolué; en effet, le sujet est ici complexe, et on ne simplifie pas les choses (ca m'a fait sourire que seulement dans la scène ou Laurence révèle a Fred son désir refoulé, j'en…
The cinematography in this film is gorgeous, you can clearly see that Dolan is inspired more by photography rather than traditional film cinematography. Yves Bélanger does some astonishing work here.
The two lead performances are outstanding, especially Suzanne Clément as Fred.
The whole project seems at first like a traditional LGBTQ story, but its so much more. Its also one of the most interesting love stories I have seen in a long time.
Its an epic that lasts nearly three hours, but I wanted this to go on even longer and never ever felt bored even for a second.
This is my second Dolan film and he already is one of my favorite contemporary directors.
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
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