Matthias & Maxime (Matthias et Maxime)

Matthias & Maxime (Matthias et Maxime) Canada (2019) Dir. Xavier Dolan Friendships that last are really special, not that I would know. When people can remain close from childhood through to adulthood and beyond, it is a remarkable achievement. But, as we grow up and times change, there will always be something to put that … Continue reading Matthias & Maxime (Matthias et Maxime)

Martyrs

Martyrs France/Canada (2008) Dir. Pascal Laugier Apparently writer-director Pascal Laugier wrote the story for this notorious and divisive shocker when in a depressive and suicidal state. I’ve written a load of stuff in a similar state too but I kept it to myself. I’m sure plenty of people wished Laugier had kept this to himself. … Continue reading Martyrs

It’s Only The End Of The World

It’s Only The End Of The World (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 99 minutes approx. What is it about families that they are usually the last people we tell big news to? Why do we fear their reactions the most? Is it out fault or theirs? Prodigious French-Canadian writer-director Xavier … Continue reading It’s Only The End Of The World

Mommy

Mommy Canada (2014) Dir. Xavier Dolan Much was made of the fact that the late great Orson Welles was just 25 when he made his directorial debut with the colossal Citizen Kane; French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan was 25 when making Mommy, his FIFTH film! Dolan returns to the subject of the mother/son relationship, previously explored … Continue reading Mommy

Tom At The Farm (Tom à la ferme)

Tom At The Farm (Tom à la ferme) Canada (2013) Dir. Xavier Dolan Xavier Dolan is truly a prodigious talent. At just twenty-five years old, this French-Canadian auteur already has a number of acting roles to his name, five films as a director and is the youngest ever winner of the Cannes Jury Prize. Even … Continue reading Tom At The Farm (Tom à la ferme)

Laurence Anyways

  Laurence Anyways Canada (2012) Dir. Xavier Dolan Laurence Alia (Melvil Poupaud) is a thirty-five year old literature teacher and budding author in along term relationship with Frédérique “Fred” Belair (Suzanne Clément), a fiery and gregarious woman. On his birthday Laurence reveals to Fred and his friends that he has been living a lie and … Continue reading Laurence Anyways