What so many criticise in Dolan's cinema seem to me his greatest strengths. People who consider movies like Heartbeats shallow, myopic, and masturbatory clearly forget what your 20s are all about! Dolan is such a valuable filmmaker because he conveys the insecurity and precociousness of this period of life with both aesthetic mastery and the authenticity of one still trying to survive it.
I expected beautiful pictures, an emotional soundtrack, and perhaps an ethereal atmosphere, and not much else (the script seemed rather to be an excuse for making a film). I got them, but only halfway. I don’t know if it’s the vision that is lacking or the technical execution, but it’s not there where it should be. The music is great, though.
Another fun film from writer-director-star Xavier Dolan, this concerns two friends (Dolan and Monia Chokri) who find themselves in competition with one another as they try to win the affections of a young man (Niels Schneider). Familiar stuff, but it's all put together well enough to be entertaining throughout.
[More like 3.5] As visually stunning, as boring in most of its parts: trying to recreate the sensation given by the nouvelle vague's movies, Dolan crashes against the reality of movies having to be made to tell something. Yet this movie prefers having a Louis Garrell cameo instead of feeling (yet the characters are very well built and deserved more).
With references to "Bleuets sauvages et sodomie", and "Douleurs, migraines et sonates" ! I loved the rhythm of 75% of the film, and then found it to lose itself a little bit. A great pick for a queer selection, as it is pretty damn wide in its covering of relationships, whether they materialise or not.
An entertaining movie about the well too familiar feeling of infatuation (with a care free and innocent looking boy in this case- but as the end suggests, it could have easily been anyone else) that risks to threaten what is not assumed to be so easily threatened (the 2 main character's friendship in this case). Only time can get the 2 friends back on track, but it doesn't take long before it starts all over again!
A visceral experience - perfectly captures what it's like to be a young and millennial and in love... The standout scenes for me were the perfectly acted interviews that break up the film, adding foreshadowing to the following chapter. One gets the impression that Dolan always wanted to direct music videos.
L'accent québécoise est fou, mais j'adore Xavi: ce film est génial à tous points de vue: scénario, photographie, bande sonore, montage...enfin, tout. C'est une mise en palce des obsessions, des peurs, de la persistence — de la chute e de l'échec — dans toutes les damnées liaisons. Vrai qu'il ne manque pas d'artifice, mais je préfère l'appeler style. Le camée de Louis Garrel, cerise sur le gâteau.