Laurence Anyways ★★★★½

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 had to ponder it for a few before I realized it was the first instance in over an hour that my concentration had broken from the story.

Suzanne Clément was amazing, of course, but Melvil Poupaud doesn't get enough credit for his (almost?) equally enormous performance. What a journey.