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Xavier Dolan Talks ‘Laurence Anyways,’ His Prolific Career & His Upcoming Psychological Thriller ‘Tom a la Ferme’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 26, 2012 1:23 PM
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Three service elevators, two stairwells, and one cautious yet friendly hotel employee later, Xavier Dolan locates what he and his “Laurence Anyways” actress and friend Suzanne Clément discovered the previous afternoon: A barren hotel floor halted mid-renovation, drenched in sunlight amidst stripped columns and walls, and a cloud of dust lifted with every step through it. “This floor technically doesn’t exist, if you just use the main elevators,” notes the 23-year-old director of “J'ai Tué Ma Mere (I Killed My Mother)” and “Heartbeats” as we wander around the space.

Caleb Landry Jones Joins Xavier Dolan's 'Tom A La Ferme'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2012 3:28 PM
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It seems Caleb Landry Jones has taken a shine to Canadian auteurs. The actor (known to most as Banshee from "X-Men: First Class") recently teamed with Brandon Cronenberg for his uneven, but still undeniably freaky and fun "Antiviral." And now he's joined up with a three-time Cannes attendee and rising young talent Xavier Dolan for his next effort.

TIFF Winner Xavier Dolan Planning Six-Part Hexalogue 'Ordinary People'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2012 12:21 PM
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While we continue to remain truly puzzled as to why Xavier Dolan's gorgeous, sprawling and lovely "Laurence Anyways" is continously unable to secure a U.S. distribution deal, the young filmmaker left Toronto with a prize under his arm. His latest film took home the Best Canadian Feature Film from TIFF, and as usual, Dolan is plowing ahead on his next project. This spring it was announced he would tackling the adaptation of the play "Tom a la Ferme," but after that he's got some big plans. Very big plans.

Watch: New French Trailer For Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2012 12:56 PM
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Just as we did earlier today with "Take This Waltz," here's another Canadian film we continue to trumpet, although this one is still without U.S. distribution. Xavier Dolan's bold and beautiful "Laurence Anyways" is now starting to roll out overseas after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in May and opening in Canada not long after. And a new trailer has arrived, with new footage to tantalize those who still have yet to experience the picture.

Watch: Trailer For Xavier Dolan's First Film 'I Killed My Mother' Newly Acquired By Kino Lorber For U.S. Distribution

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2012 3:55 PM
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While Canadian director Xavier Dolan caused some cinephiles to have an immediate opinion on his work, despite the fact he's had only one film released in the United States -- 2010's "Heartbeats" -- with his directorial debut finally getting a proper release stateside, dicussions on the merit of the young filmmaker will only continue.

Cannes Review: Xavier Dolan's Messy 'Laurence Anyways' Is Both Ambitious & Admirable

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 18, 2012 5:22 PM
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"The sky's the limit," Fred (Suzanne Clement) says when she's asked about what people will say when her boyfriend Laurence (Melvin Poupad) decides to become a woman. It's 1989 and she believes that her generation is ready to handle transsexuality -- and perhaps they are -- but as both Fred and Laurence soon find out, their intellectual capacity to deal with the transition may not survive the rigors of the heart. The young director Xavier Dolan has proven he's anything if not divisive, and his latest, "Laurence Anyways," will do nothing to change that. But as messy as it is, as much as the film overreaches and overplays its hand, "Laurence Anyways" is also exciting for the very ambition and narrative daring that it contains.

Xavier Dolan Announces Fourth Film, Will Direct Adaptation of Michel Marc Bouchard's Play 'Tom à la Ferme'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 7, 2012 10:16 AM
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Young director Xavier Dolan continually provokes a divisive stance with his lush, personal films, but even his detractors must admit he knows how to stay insanely prolific. With his third directorial effort, “Laurence Anyways” readying for its Cannes Film Festival premiere next week, Dolan seeks to maintain that reputation with news of his follow-up film already in the pipeline.

Director Xavier Dolan Says He's Disappointed 'Laurence Anyways' Won't Be In Competition, But Still Happy To Be Headed To Cannes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2012 2:05 PM
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While yesterday brought good news to directors, actors, productions and distributors with the Cannes Film Festival unveiling their slate, there is one filmmaker who was a bit prickled at first. Montreal's Xavier Dolan. The 23-year-old is no stranger to the south of France, winning acclaim for his debut film "J’ai tué ma mère" which premiered at the Director's Fortnight sidebar. Then in 2010 he graduated to the festival proper, screening "Heartbeats" in the Un Certain Regard category. Many expected his latest effort, "Laurence Anyways," to finally land him a slot In Competition, but alas, he's been relegated to Un Certain Regard again, and he admits, it wasn't the news he was hoping for.

First Look At Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2012 7:23 PM
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While only "Moonrise Kingdom" is confirmed so far for the Cannes Film Festival, bits and pieces of other films likely headed to the Croisette are beginning to appear. This morning came word that both David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" and Jacques Audiard's "Rust And Bone" received May release dates in France, right in the midst of the fest and now, another film we pegged as a strong contender to makes Cannes has peeked around the corner.

Review: Xavier Dolan's 'Heartbeats' Is A Stylish Love Triangle, But Emotionally Hollow At Its Core

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 25, 2011 4:01 AM
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The constant criticism being aimed at young, wunderkind Canadian director Xavier Dolan, is that the Montreal-based filmmaker -- while completely precocious and preternaturally talented -- puts too much of a premium and emphasis on style over substance. And yet, just because it's practically a cliche ad hominem dig against Dolan's films, it doesn't mean that the censure is off base. While featuring an impeccable soundtrack, a color palette ripped out of the Pedro Almodovar playbook for comedic melodramas, and an ineffable je ne sais quoi energy taken from the Jean-Luc Godard school of '60s filmmaking (though Dolan denies he's ever seen the familiar feeling, "Two Or Three Things I Know About Her"), the 21-year-old director's sophomore directorial effort "Les Amours Imaginaires" ("Heartbeats") is decidedly hollow around the edges and lacks an emotional center to cling to.

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