Over two days, my "Movies To See" list is unspooling on The Dissolve. Here's your chance to check them 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.
"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…
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…
"Los poetas no llevan abrigo en invierno, pero no se mueren de frío, porque los poetas están hechos de fuego."
The length of the movie was a bit of a turn off for me, but I do believe every minute was worth it. The movie had to be long to serve the story justice.
This film was an amazing experience that I am glad I took. You are able to relate to the characters and feel for each one of them. Please watch this film.
Uma história de amor, são só pela sua mulher, mas pela sua auto-estima também. Para contar essa história Dolan, faz uso de cenas que se aproximam mais da videoarte, se distanciando do drama.
In the end, Laurence Anyways is a tragic film of love that uses an apparent sex change as it's catalyst. But it is not, as some might have thought, about a transgender woman. Hardly it could be said to be about a man who thinks he is transgender, as much of the film has a hard time centering itself on a main character so to speak, except for his or her relation to other characters.
And this is the fatal flaw of the film, of many films. Your main character has to have something. Something. You must give the audience someone to look at, to want to watch.
Dolan gives us, instead of Laurence, Fred, his/her better half. Fred is…
this was my first foray into xavier dolan's work, and may i just say: wow. just wow.
i'm not exaggerating when i say that there is literally not a single bad shot in this film. it's simply made up of good shots and amazing shots.
suzanne clement absolutely blew me away. the emotional turmoil she was able to convey was brutal and beautiful.
and the story-handled realistically but also delicately.
i can't wait to see more from dolan. bravo.
i literally cannot stop watching this movie. suzanne clement is such a genius.
Can I just anoint Xavier Dolan as King of Canada already?
I don't know what it is - something is just missing for me, but I do appreciate Dolan's aesthetic sense. I kept taking screen shots throughout the film and even have one of them as my phone background. I think he has a lot going for him, and I already sense that he and his art are inextricably linked. I feel as if I am beginning to see glimpses of a true creative talent, which is exciting and worth noting. Oh, and Suzanne Clement was AMAZING.
Mommy prep: the only other unseen Dolan film for me until now, and probably my favorite to date.
- 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…
- A Single Man
- All About My Mother
- Angels in America
- Beautiful Thing
Trying to include all the films I've seen in which LGBT themes are primary or of major importance to the…