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Watch: First 3-Minute, Music Filled Trailer For Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2014 11:03 AM
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Mommy
One of the films we named as The Best Of The 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and a picture that's "vibrant, intoxicating, illuminating," to say that Xavier Dolan's "Mommy" floored us would be an understatement. And while the film is still bafflingly without U.S. distribution, it's gearing up for release in Canada and the first trailer is here.

Xavier Dolan Prepping English-Language 'The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan' & Jeremy Saulnier Lines Up 'Green Room'

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • May 22, 2014 11:23 AM
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If you haven't heard, our man Gabe Toro fell head over heels for Jeremy Saulnier's "Blue Ruin," the “sudden, terrifying, and excitingly singular” thriller that follows a beach bum-turned-avenger. The film was likewise lauded last year on the Croisette, taking home the Fipresci Prize aka the international film critic's award. With "Blue Ruin" bowing in theaters and on demand last month, the accolades keep on rolling in and Broad Green Pictures is listening.

Cannes Review: Xavier Dolan's F'd-Up, Profane And Amazingly Alive 'Mommy'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 21, 2014 5:38 PM
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Mommy
We remember watching a directors' roundtable one day and the question was asked of the assembled filmmakers "what is the hardest part of directing?" They all agreed that the hardest thing was to create a sense of life: inside a frame in which everything included therein is a choice, the hardest thing is to make it feel part of the world, unmanufactured, organic, alive. They should maybe just hang around mopping up the spillover from "Mommy," the tremendous new film from Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan, because, by some distance his best film, it is also one of the most vibrant, intoxicating, illuminating films of this or any Cannes, and it's a little like we can still feel it thrumming through our veins.

Xavier Dolan Starts Shooting Next Film 'Mommy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 11:19 AM
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While you can debate the talent of rising young filmmaker Xavier Dolan, you can't question the work ethic. At 24 years old, the director has completed four feature films, premiering three at Cannes, and one at Venice. And with his latest "Tom At The Farm" still doing the festival rounds, screening shortly at Montreal's Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, Dolan isn't taking a moment to rest, as he's already starting his next venture.

Blu-Ray Review: Extensive Deleted Scenes & More Make Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways' Worth Revisiting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 10:04 AM
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Laurence Anyways
"People think it's a transgendered documentary or something, but for me, it's a love story, more than anything," director Xavier Dolan said this past spring during The Museum Of Modern Art: Modern Mondays presentation of his latest film, "Laurence Anyways." And while the subject matter, bold stylization, '90s setting and runtime that clocks in just under three hours were the kind of elements that could make Dolan an easy critical target, his third film turned out to be arguably his best yet.

Watch: Xavier Dolan Goes To The Country In Eerie Trailer For 'Tom At The Farm'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 8:05 AM
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After a trio of stylish, deeply emotional films in "I Killed My Mother," "Heartbeats" and the epic "Laurence Anyways," Xavier Dolan has somewhat shifted gears for his fourth feature "Tom At The Farm." The eye for visuals are still there it seems, but an eerier tone and colder atmosphere pervades this thriller, and the first trailer has arrived to provide a tantalizing look at the picture.

Watch: Aspect Ratio Shifting Clip From Xavier Dolan's 'Tom At The Farm'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 13, 2013 4:32 PM
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When you think of Xavier Dolan, I assume you think, “Oh yeah, the guy who did the voice of Ron Weasley in the French dubs of the 'Harry Potter' films.” I know I do. But seriously, Dolan is also a director of some note, who at the age of 24 is about to release his fourth film, following on from the well-regarded pieces “I Killed My Mother,” “Heartbeats” and “Laurence Anyways.”

Venice Review: Xavier Dolan's 'Tom A La Ferme'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 1, 2013 8:20 PM
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Few filmmakers in modern times have had such a meteoric rise at such an early age as Xavier Dolan. The French-Canadian wunderkind, a former child-star (and still occasionally a voiceover actor for local dubs, with roles including Ron Weasley in the 'Harry Potter' films) premiered his first film at Cannes aged only 20, and has returned to the festival twice more, rising up through the sidebars with "Heartbeats" and "Laurence Anyways."

Contest: Win Xavier Dolan's Directorial Debut 'I Killed My Mother' On DVD

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 6:04 PM
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There are few filmmakers who arrived with quite the same frenzy as Xavier Dolan did when he unveiled his directorial debut, "I Killed My Mother" in 2009. Landing at Cannes for a splashy premiere, where it took the Prix Regards C.I.C.A.E. Award, and putting the director on the map, it established the bold style that Dolan would develop across two more features, "Heartbeats" and "Laurence Anyways." With Dolan slated to unveil his latest effort, the thriller "Tom At The Farm" — which promises to be taking a different direction than his previous works — now is as good a time as any to revisit where it all begun.

Venice 2013: Poster, First Look & Official Synopsis For Xavier Dolan's 'Tom At The Farm'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2013 11:05 AM
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We're coming out of the fog, storm and noise of the summer movie season, heading into the the promising months of fall festivals, and it's a good time to be a cinephile. With TIFF unveiling their first wave of titles earlier this week, Venice followed suit this morning giving folks headed to the Lido plenty to get excited about. As always, we'll start getting a peek at those films very soon.

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