my favorites that i love primarily because of visuals (colors, symmetry, overall cinematography) regardless of plot, characters and anything else…
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
Xavier Dolan is a fucking dream. Laurence Anyways is an emotional rollercoaster and literally every shot is perfect. I want to hang up every shot from this movie on my bedroom walls.
I hate pickles in burgers too
Dolan's esthetic bulldozers over his own characters: even as I've spend close to three hours with them, I still don't know any of these people. But hey, let's hand it to Dolan, at least they were fabulously lit and immaculately framed in the three hour-span of Not Getting To Know Them.
電影中我最喜歡的段落是媽媽和勞倫斯在吃飯，勞倫斯說：「我從來沒有把你當成一個媽媽。」 她媽微笑著回答她，「我也沒有把你當成我兒子，但我現在把你當成我的女兒。」或許媽媽知道勞倫斯活在男人軀殼裡的他不是真的吧！變性後的勞倫斯才是真正的她。 這應該是Dolan寫過最好的親子故事了XDD
THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THEY FUCKING MADE, THIS IS SOME PROFESSIONAL SHIT LIKE... THIS SHIT IS IN DIFFERENT AREAS! WHAT THE FUCK!
hire an actual trans actor next time xavier lmao ur better than this buddy. other than that it was fantastic
"You have crossed the borders of my life, of my town, of my street. And all that's left is my front door" I want to kill myself.
First Xavier Dolan's that I've watched. VISUALLY STUNNING... Score adding up to the scenes and mood was as great... STELLAR performances from both leads!
Could feel a bit excessive and dragging after almost three hours, though.
thank god for wong kar-wai