In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.
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…
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.
Laurence Anyways is a sensitive, honest rendering of tumultuous lovers. It's well-acted and visually alluring, with Dolan often segueing into dreamy passages to counterbalance stretches of grounded realism. But it just feels like everything could have been framed through a sharper lens. The narrative was far too sprawling.
Suzanne Clément is incredible. Always, not just here. But here in particular. The whole film is an exquisite exploration of a couple dealing with the ramifications of the man's transition to a woman. The music selection really adds something to the film, as does the changing colour palette. Perhaps the film is a tiny bit too long, but that's easy to forgive in this case.
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I was worried about the length of the movie when I started to watch this. One of my friends told me that he had to watch it in three parts. But unlike The Wolf of Wall Street, every second is worth keeping your eyes on those subtitles.
SUPERB! cinematography was so good, every shot told a story in and of itself
μεγαλη ταινια και εγω εγινα μικρος σα τη σκονη σε μια ακρη, ακουνητος.
Finally, a Dolan film I can proudly say I loved. Felt jealous of how everything was directed so meticulously the entire time.
I understand why some people are put off by Dolan's work. It is very emotionally dictating. But his frames burst with such energy it is hard for me to look away. His characters interact in a way which feels like memories of events. Emotionally high or low rather than having moments of neutrality. His quiet moments are sparse but well placed. There is a quality to it which, regardless of subject matter, reminds me of memories I have from growing up. In a way his characters are all adolescents finding what it means to be an adult. I understand why that would put some people off. But I can never seem to look away.
I've been converted. I fucking love this movie.
In my opinion, of course!
A blend of personal favorites and films that I consider to be the "greatest." Top two-hundred is definitive. Only 1940-2015.
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