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
One of the best films of the decade. I may even go as high as Top 3.
Remarkable photography and a great soundtrack, but it's also three hours long for honestly no reason.
He/She is Laurence, either way.
Cried a lot
Spanning 10 years, Laurence Anyways tells a doomed love affair between a woman and a transgender woman. Visually tantalizing and filled with poetic substance, the only downside of this film were its few exaggerated sections -- which created exhausting moments that seemed to make it struggle to pick up its own pace and direction.
LAURENCE ANYWAYS, 2012
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Dir: Xavier Dolan
DoP: Yves Bélanger
Happy Canada Day! Celebrating this day with Canadian film.
Worth a watch because of the excellent use of cinematography and visual narrative marks such as the people looking at Laurence (plus: transgender), but definitely not my type of movie, since I didn't get attached to the characters - which made it impossible for me to not being utterly bored.
Touching and raw.
p.s. Is the terribad song selection a trademark of Dolan's movies?
(Working on organizing it by similar aesthetic.)
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.