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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…
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…
An excellent film about acceptance and being yourself, Laurence Anyways is a class act film.
Melvil Poupaud is great, but who really captivated me was Suzanne Clément in her incredible role.
Gorgeous in every aspect. Xavier Dolan is amazing. Suzanne Clément is amazing.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I doesn't matter if I watch Xavier Dolan's filmography backwards, forwards, or alphabetically; each one seems to always, ALWAYS be better than the last. I don't know what magic that man possesses but it's great.
Anyways, (pun intended) Suzanne Clément. Amirite? Her performance in this one was phenomenal. We all know Suzanne is an incredibly talented actress but I have never seen her like this. She was so raw and present and just completely there. (Granted my only knowledge of Suzanne is in XDo films, but he really stretches his actors)
This film is visually stunning and probably my favorite of Xavier's. The way Laurence's face is constantly shadowed, especially the scene of him and Fred in their apartment when…
the whole movie looked really good and the soundtrack was good and the acting was really good and just an all around good flick
Currently struggling between a 4/5 or a 4.5/5 with this. A beautiful film that almost dares to stretch the romance genre to an ambitious length. Gave it a strong 4 because I did however had a couple of problems with it(mostly due to it's length), yet I feel like I need to give it a 4.5/5 because the aspects that I liked I just fucking ADORED. Fuck. I'm not surprised if I feel the need to rewatch this soon. Xavier Dolan is definitely one of the finest directors of this fucking decade so far.
Ten years in the relationship of a male-to-female transsexual's relationship with her lover.
Extensive and intense drama of an unusual relationships, excellently staged and played and at times quite moving.
i would just like to point out that xavier dolan has probably became one of my favorite directors.
laurence anyways. oh my god. i don't know where to begin. even though this movie's run time is almost three hours long, it never got boring for me. i found myself completely invested and interested in this visually-striking movie. and can we talk about suzanne clément? i was seriously paralyzed by scene with her and laurence in the restaurant where she is screaming at a waitress for asking inappropriate questions to laurence. to me, she was the shining star in this movie, and i absolutely love that dolan uses her (and also anne dorval) for most of his movies.
this movie honestly…
Moving, measured, sensitive, but nonetheless unflinching, Xavier Dolan's examination of identity through our transgender eponym and her veritable soulmate is a bracing, competently composed work that manages to justify its length through the strength of its pronounced character arcs.
Like much of Dolan's filmography, Laurence Anyways in part falls victim to its director's tendency to overstylise (through excessive use of slow-mo, mood lighting etc.), but the uncompromising force of the emotion encompassed in this grand narrative outweighs any such flaws. That is perhaps with the exception of the film's hammily-inserted closing line that suggests its audience isn't smart enough to infer its own meaning from the very title.
Also like much of Dolan's filmography, the film boasts an ace soundtrack, kicked up a notch, potentially, by its 90's setting. (Kitsch, kitsch. J'adore, j'adore.) Melvil Poupaud astounds.
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.