Xavier Dolan - C ou D?

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Saw Mommy at local theatre yesterday, one of the best movies I've seen this year. Strong performances, convincing characters, great visual style, nuanced treatment of subject matter, good use of soundtrack etc. Flopson otm re arc. Was almost crying at the end. Very youthful film. Liked the sentimental approach to storytelling (as opposed to analytical) a bit more emotionally associative editing than a rational/causal focus, somewhat reminiscent of Boyhood but really just similar to a lot of contemporary "indie" cinema.

niels, Thursday, 9 April 2015 16:13 (four years ago) link

anyone seen Laurence Anyways? As a new QC resident I am curious about Dolan, and it's on netflix.

suggest ignore (rob), Thursday, 9 April 2015 16:32 (four years ago) link

Niels OTM on all points. I went to see "Mommy" prepared to hate it. Was my first Dolan. Really impressed me.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 9 April 2015 17:00 (four years ago) link

I thought Laurence Anyways was great. One of the better love stories I've seen in a movie.

silverfish, Thursday, 9 April 2015 19:12 (four years ago) link

I watched Heartbeats again, and there's so much to like about it -- the way he captures what it's like to dress like your icons, to smoke a lot of cigarettes without regret, his use of deep focus in the midst of frivolity -- that I wish it were better. At any rate it's a better debut than I Killed My Mother.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 April 2015 00:02 (four years ago) link

i.e he's still the sum of his influences. Forgot my beloved Louis Garrel is in it, in a fabulous last sequence.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 April 2015 00:03 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I've only seen two: Heartbeats is cute, but empty, and Laurence Anyways is amazing. (I'm not from Quebec.)

I'm sort of cautiously eager to see Mommy.

Cherish, Monday, 27 April 2015 15:27 (four years ago) link

I'm watching it again tomorrow.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 April 2015 15:30 (four years ago) link

I put a hold on Mommy at the library despite my tepid reaction to Tom at the Farm, because I still kinda want to like this guy. Queer Canadian solidarity, I suppose.

The New Gay Sadness (cryptosicko), Monday, 27 April 2015 16:02 (four years ago) link

I saw it again: it's got enough powerful bits such that if someone wants to call it a masterpiece of something or other I won't quibble. But it's (as usual) grueling, and, boy, do his people shout a lot.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 April 2015 23:59 (four years ago) link

I won't quibble either, i will just throw the maker of such a claim down the stairs.

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Friday, 1 May 2015 01:11 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

think i'm gonna stop giving this guy any more chances. every single scene in the new one goes on about two-three minutes longer than it ought to, and i know it's an adaptation of play so he didn't write but the script is just terrible. he has all of these top-shelf actors and he makes all of them just unbearable (cotillard and cassel especially, argh). ulliel's got a lovely face, but looks aren't everything and even at 90 minutes this was just a sloooooooog

donna rouge, Monday, 14 November 2016 17:40 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Watching this thing in a couple hours. Wish me luck.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 5 March 2017 19:38 (three years ago) link

damn mommy was really good

johnny crunch, Monday, 6 March 2017 01:39 (three years ago) link

& i felt v neutral abt laurence / tom, didnt see any earlier ones

johnny crunch, Monday, 6 March 2017 01:57 (three years ago) link

nine months pass...

It's Only the End of the World affirms my earlier suspicion that he is a talented director who needs better scripts. The concluding one-two punch of some punishingly literal magic realism (at least I think that's what he was going for) and the Moby song were particularly eye-rolling.

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 01:28 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

Despite my frustration with Dolan in the past, I'm intrigued by the premise of his latest, even if the reviews seem to be warning me not to get too excited:


Engles in the Outfield (cryptosicko), Monday, 17 September 2018 02:31 (one year ago) link

My friends hated it, and they're willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. He's good in Boy Erased, though, so maybe this talented pretty boy should pull a John Cassavetes and develop his finely gelled hostility as an actor.

The Silky Veils of Alfred (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 17 September 2018 02:35 (one year ago) link

still, I'm looking forward to it. His last film It's Only the End of the World got trashed by the critics and I wasn't expecting much, but I really enjoyed it

Dan S, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 21:11 (one year ago) link

I keep forgetting that I saw it.

Engles in the Outfield (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 22:51 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

hard to believe Dolan made I Killed My Mother when he was only 20 years old

Dan S, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 01:54 (eleven months ago) link

it was the marketing hook

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 17:46 (eleven months ago) link

interesting to see the progression from I Killed My Mother to Heartbeats

I like Dolan's idea with Heartbeats that "we conceptualize love and fall for ideas, not people.”

Dan S, Monday, 15 April 2019 23:05 (eleven months ago) link

strikes me how good an actor Dolan is

Dan S, Monday, 15 April 2019 23:58 (eleven months ago) link

John F Donovan is apparently scandalously bad. Did it ever find a distributor?

Simon H., Tuesday, 16 April 2019 04:03 (eleven months ago) link

Looking on IMDB - after TIFF last September, it was only just released in Italy and France last month, nowhere else, It must be bad

Dan S, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 23:53 (eleven months ago) link

eh I'd make out with him

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 00:15 (eleven months ago) link

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