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Dandy Artist… Xavier Dolan


Xavier Dolan was born in 1989 in Quebec, Canada. Gifted with an astonishing aesthetic sense, he was distinguished with his first film, as a director, in 2009. I Killed My Mother is an assumed auto-biographic film that won him three prizes in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs of 2009 Cannes Film Festival at the age of 20! 


His subsequent films would proof that this hadn't happened by chance. The second one, Heartbeats also made it to Cannes, having premiered in the Un Certain Regard category of the festival. In this same category, Laurence Anyways won the category's best actress prize on the following year's edition.


Laurence Anyways is a beautifully written plot about a man who tells his girlfriend he has always wanted to be a woman. The film then develops this topic in a clever and sharp way, counting with outstanding scenes that mix reality with imagination, reality with the inner conscience of ourselves.


All the elements mix to awaken the feelings that we are so often confronted with: freedom, injustice, discrimination, friendship, vanity, self, fear, lye, secrecy and, of course, love.


This is a sublime tribute to aesthetics. The light is sharp, the sets are close to perfect, the wardrobe is amazing, the art direction is unforgettable. Also to mention the performance of Suzanne Clément, who plays Fred Belair, Laurence's girlfriend, that confers an over truthfulness to to the character, playing scenes charged with an emotional performance that shivers.


Dolan's fourth film, Tom at the Farm, was premiered in the main competition of the Venice Film Festival in 2012. Finally, this year Xavier Dolan ascended to the stage to receive the Jury's prize of the main competition of the Cannes Film Festival at the age of 25 for Mommy. This is the french tribute to the french speaking Canadian that is making people question themselves through cinema. 


His films are not just stories. They reflect society's true dramas of people living by judgment, discrimination and marginal existences for pursuing their identity and the will to love and be loved. At the same time, they explore human relations with an extraordinary sensitivity.

Xavier Dolan - very dandy indeed!




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