Strong emotional-core. Ecce Homo. Dolan's use of lights and music, for me, always takes his works one step ahead. Beautiful actors and acting. I always think, is it worth it? If it ignites the love you have, answer is always yes but it will always need a deeper understanding. Which not most people have. Pleasure comes with struggle. This was really pleasant to watch. Rewatch with lover
Aufgrund der über Strecken avantgardistischen Darstellungsweise und der verschachtelten Form mitunter schwer zu folgen. Vieles erzählt sich über rasante Dialoge, Schnitte, Musik und Bilder. Trotzdem sehr bewegende Geschichte eines Mannes auf seinem steinigen Weg der Transformation zu einer Frau.
The other reviews already said what I wanted to say. great cinematography, directing, acting, story, music, costumes. Almost 3h and not a minute of feeling bored. The end was a bit tricky, i had to watch it two times, but, anyways, an emotional rollercoaster. Makes you think. And this is good. We should have more or that.
There is something about Xavier Dolan that exceeds the mere aesthetics in this film. He goes through a real condition of acceptance and explore the binomial of gender that stills confuses a lot of people. Laurence Alia goes through many phases, not only physically but also - and mainly - mentally. A big film and probably Xavier Dolan best film too.
Surely this movie could've done with more efficient editing. Nonetheless I feel the premise was sustained over the entire run-time, even with the circular motions the plot made. On top of that I loved the little nuances Dolan added to externalize the internal worlds of his characters like varying camera movements and color coding. This abundance of cinematic texture turned this "important" movie into an amazing one.
Exuberant love story. Brilliant cinematography together with editing! So many varied camera angles and styles. So many beautiful uses of short pans at critical moments. Wonderful lead actors. Enjoyed the exploration of gender as both social construct and congenital mindset. Loved the metaphor of holding one's breath under water. Only issue was length: could easily have been trimmed by 20 minutes.