Laurence Anyways is not a megaphone-shouting totem for a gender revolution. It is decidedly a very real human drama that takes time with conversations, reactions, declarations and outbursts.
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Youth and tradition won another round in Heartbeats, the latest film by French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan. He tells a tale of Montrealer 20-somethings and their fractured threesome.
Sometimes a director's work is so esoteric, it's not likely to appeal to the mainstream. In Dolan's case it's a curious case of missed opportunities. Audiences just need the chance to see his work, and that's finally happening with Heartbeats.
I don't have a lot to say about Xavier Dolan's Heartbeats because the impression this slight, aimless film left on me was so negligible.
Xavier Dolan probably wouldn't like being contrasted with Woody Allen with regards to his sexual preference, not because he's in the closet but becaus...
Cannes is the mother of all film festivals, but for friendliness, ease of access, and a broad selection of interesting movies, Toronto is right up there in importance.
For director Mike Leigh, a truly inspired film is often followed by a smaller, less ambitious one, a sort of throat-clearing before the next big effort.
Robin Hood debuts on Wednesday at Cannes, though in a rather deflating move, it's been screened for critics everywhere and already reviewed. But enough griping. The festival looks very promising.
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