Laurence Anyways (Review)

In my mixed review of Heartbeats last week, I said that if young auteur Xavier Dolan could direct a film that balances the more refined storytelling of Heartbeats, with the character development of his debut I Killed My Mother, it could turn out to be something very special. After watching his third film, 2012’s Laurence […]

Heartbeats (Review)

It is week two of my Xavier Dolan series, having begun last week with his film feature debut, I Killed My Mother.  Despite minor flaws, I was immensely impressed with the young director’s film, eager to move on to his subsequent 2010 feature, Heartbeats. While it is safe to say that Dolan further proves his […]

I Killed My Mother (Review)

The film business is a tough nut to crack for any director, with many of the most talented directors making their feature film debut in their thirties, or maybe even late twenties if they are lucky. But then you have the current reigning wunderkind Canadian cinema, Xavier Dolan, whose 2009 feature debut, I Killed My […]

Mommy (Review)

Mommy, Xavier Dolan’s 2014 film, retreads the same ground I Killed My Mother successfully tackled. “Steve” is a troubled youth, and his equally troubled mother, “Die”, struggles to make ends meet. Correctional institutions, teenage rebelliousness, and miscommunication again influence these characters, both of whom feel like half-baked versions of I Killed My Mother’s own difficult […]

I Killed My Mother (Review)

Xavier Dolan’s directorial debut is a mixture of teenage angst, foresight, empathy, and most importantly it’s a work that is semi-autobiographical. I Killed My Mother is the story of a 17-year-old, conflicted young man. He is a child of divorce, he’s gay, and as you probably guessed, he and his mother are at odds. Despite […]

A New High for Canada

Canada and its film industry have received considerable attention in the last two years, first with the Oscar-nominated film Room, starring Brie Larson and the young Jacob Tremblay, and more recently at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where French-Canadian writer-director Xavier Dolan’s film It’s Only the End of the World won the Grand Prix and […]