Final Comments on Xavier Dolan

Last week I concluded my review series of Xavier Dolan’s films with his latest (and possibly most disappointing) effort, It’s Only the End of the World. I have already made my opinions clear on each of his works, but now it seems only fitting I sum everything up and give a brief outline of my […]

It’s Only the End of the World (Review)

Accomplished filmmaking is a question of consistency on a number of different fronts…but few filmmakers produce consistently accomplished works. It is understandable that a director will not always get things right in the quest of his own personal vision (especially if the studio gets in the way), but sometimes a director can get in his […]

Mommy (Review)

The relationship between a mother and son is a recurring theme in each of Xavier Dolan’s film. While it may be fleeting in Heartbeats, or part of the greater whole like in Laurence Anyways, it certainly took centre stage in his debut, I Killed My Mother.  The same can be said of his aptly named […]

Tom at the Farm (Review)

A great director must take risks. It helps separate them from the pack, or even solidify a legacy that recognises their achievements and contributions years on…even if the risks aren’t working out so well for the director anymore. I cannot say that Xavier Dolan has achieved such status yet, but only because I have not […]

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 […]