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Nancy Grant , Xavier Dolan - 69th Cannes Film Festival - Closing Ceremony - Arrivals at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Sunday 22nd May 2016

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Lea Seydoux, Marion Cotillard , Xavier Dolan - 69th Cannes Film Festival - 'It's Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde)' - Photocall at Palais de Festivals, Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Thursday 19th May 2016

Lea Seydoux, Marion Cotillard and Xavier Dolan
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Gaspard Ulliel, Lea Seydoux, Marion Cotillard, Xavier Dolan, Nathalie Baye and Vincent Cassel
Lea Seydoux and Marion Cotillard
Gaspard Ulliel, Lea Seydoux, Marion Cotillard, Xavier Dolan, Nathalie Baye and Vincent Cassel
Gaspard Ulliel, Lea Seydoux, Marion Cotillard, Xavier Dolan, Nathalie Baye and Vincent Cassel

Director Xavier Dolan Slams Netflix Over Altered Aspect Ratio Of His Film 'Mommy'


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Netflix UK has acknowledged a complaint made by the celebrated director Xavier Dolan after it altered the aspect ratio of his prize-winning film Mommy without telling him, and has backed down.

In a tweet on Monday (January 4th), the Canadian director said that Netflix had mispresented his movie, which won the jury prize at Cannes in 2014, by altering the screen ratio and therefore changing the “narratively crucial sentiment” of some scenes.

“Who has bestowed on you the right to revise my choices?” he wrote. “And how competently have you pondered the impact of such decisions on my film and the public?... You did not direct this movie. You did not write this movie. You did not produce this movie. So can anyone or anything except me warrant the liberty you took upon my work? No.”

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Xavier Dolan and Sienna Miller - A variety of celebrities were photographed as they took to the red carpet at the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival for the 'Carol' premiere in Cannes, France - Sunday 17th May 2015

Xavier Dolan and Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller and Xavier Dolan
Sienna Miller and Xavier Dolan
Sienna Miller and Xavier Dolan
Sienna Miller and Xavier Dolan
Sienna Miller and Xavier Dolan

'Mommy' Makes Xavier Dolan Five For Five


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At just 25, French-Canadian writer-director-actor Xavier Dolan has a filmography that most seasoned pros would envy. Four of his five movies have premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where each of them won a major award. And the one that didn't bow at Cannes premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Fipresci Prize.

Antoine-Olivier Pilon in 'Mommy'
Antoine-Olivier Pilon in 'Mommy'

With his latest film 'Mommy' (last year's Cannes Jury Prize winner), the cheeky filmmaker admits that he is trying to reach a broad audience with his work. "I don't personally do movies for myself and a faction of very cerebral cinephiles," Dolan said. "I do it for everybody, and wish for the largest amount of people to relish whatever they find they can relish in."

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Mommy Review


Extraordinary

One of the most jaw-dropping movies in recent years, this blackly comical drama is the most audacious work yet from Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan. It's also the 25-year-old's fifth film, after I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats, Laurence Anyway, Tom at the Farm, all of which have won various awards (including Mommy, which received the 2014 Cannes Jury Prize). But even for the ambitious Dolan, this is seriously full-on, an adrenaline rush of a movie that leaves us feeling fully alive.

The film opens as toughened survivor Diana (Anne Dorval) agrees to let her 15-year-old tearaway son Steve (Antoine-Olivier Pilon) move back home after a stint in mental-institute lockdown. He may be violent and uncontrollably hyperactive, but she can't bear to see him transferred to an adult facility. On arriving home, this strong-willed mother and son immediately lock horns. And Diana isn't sure how to cope, although she gets some assistance from two neighbours: Paul (Patrick Huard) is clearly in love with Diana and offers to help her sort out Steve's legal problems, while the darkly troubled Kyla (Suzanne Clement) has a surprising calming effect on Steve. Together, these four people are a very fragile makeshift family.

With his script and direction, Dolan ramps up the intensity right from the start, allowing the characters to scream violently at each other in ways that cleverly display their underlying affection. It's an uncanny trick that's augmented by artfully brilliant cinematography that starts out in a square box then broadens out across the screen to reflect the mor ehopeful mood shifts. Dolan also deploys music in a fiercely inventive way that underlines the emotional resonance (although there's a strange gap where a proper song feels like it's missing from the final-act montage). Every scene is so finely constructed that the emotions explode from the screen, forcing the audience to brace itself for whatever comes next.

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Xavier Dolan - The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle Celebrate the 2015 Golden Globe Award Season held at Fig & Olive Melrose Place at Fig & Olive Melrose Place, Golden Globe - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 20th November 2014

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Xavier Dolan and Nancy Grant - Mommy Special Screening at AFI Film Festival at Dolby Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 13th November 2014

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A Week In Movies: Stars Turn Out In For The London Film Festival, As Films Premiere In London And New York, Wahlberg Shoots Ted 2 And Trailers Bow For American Sniper And Ouija


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The Imitation Game

The London Film Festival kicked off this week with the UK premiere of The Imitation Game, attended by stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard. It was a rainy red carpet on Leicester Square, but everyone went on to party into the night after the screening.

Photos - LFF: The Imitation Game premiere

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Mommy Trailer


Diane Després (Anne Dorval) has recently lost her husband. As a newly widowed mother, she is left trying to raise her ADHD son, Steve (Antoine Olivier Pilon) by herself. When she sees a new neighbour move into the house across the street, she decides that she's going to meet her, and ask her for some help raising her son. As Diane tries to press Steve with some hard love, she is overcome with not only her motherly instinct, but the knowledge that her son is a very good child, even if he's violent. But will even a mother's love endure the challenges they still have left to face?

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Why Xavier Dolan Should Win Cannes' Palme D'Or For 'Mommy'


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Enfant terrible Xavier Dolan has arrived at Cannes. And here's taking the Palme d'Or home with him. Maybe. Probably. The director's fifth feature - Mommy - is perhaps his finest work yet, quite the feat considering the majesty of his debut I Killed My Mother and Tom At The Farm.

Xavier DolanXavier Dolan at the Cannes Film Festival

Dolan remains an obscure filmmaker in the United States and his work is derivative of pretty much nobody. His latest movie is screened in 1:1 aspect ratio.

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Tom At The Farm Review


Excellent

After black comedy (I Killed My Mother), ethereal romance (Heartbeats) and gender-bending drama (Laurence Anyways), eerily gifted 25-year-old Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan turns to Hitchcock for inspiration. The result is a seriously creepy thriller that's packed with pungent themes and spiky characters. It's the kind of film that makes us laugh one minute then chills us to the bone the next.

Dolan stars as Tom, a loner who drives from his home in Montreal to the countryside to attend the funeral of his boyfriend. Arriving on the family's farm, Tom discovers that his boyfriend had never come out to his mother Agathe (Lise Roy), and older son Francis (Pierre-Yves Cardinal) threatens Tom to keep him quiet. So when Agathe asks about her son's girlfriend, Tom calls his friend Sara (Evelyne Brochu) and asks her to come. Meanwhile, Tom finds himself caught in a web of erotic attraction and dark fear as the mercurial Francis bullies him mercilessly, putting him to work on the farm.

With its North by Northwest setting and intense filmmaking style, Dolan continually drops hints that surprise us as the story twists and turns. Nothing feels safe in this beautiful place, as the cornfields have frighteningly sharp leaves and the barns aren't as deserted as they seem to be. The slight Dolan and beefy Cardinal make a striking on-screen pair, and both actors let us see under the surface in unexpected ways. Like Tom, we are both drawn to and terrified of Francis. And the two women in the mix add to the shifting dynamic.

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Laurence Anyways Review


Very Good

After I Killed My Mother and Heartbeats, 23-year-old filmmaker Dolan gets even more ambitious with this epic-length romantic drama. Not all of his flourishes work, and the film is far too long, but there are moments of artistic genius all the way through that make it worth seeing. It's also anchored by two terrific central performances that work their way under our skin.

At the centre is the free-spirited relationship between Laurence (Poupaud) and his long-time girlfriend Fred (Clement). But Fred is caught completely off-guard when Laurence tells her that he has always felt like he was a man in a woman's body, and now he wants to start the transition to become female. She initially rejects him, but realises that she still loves him, regardless of his gender. His mother (Baye) takes longer to come round. And for Laurence the treatment from his colleagues and society at large is even more difficult to cope with, as he's the brunt of rampant bigotry. Over the course of a decade, his relationship with Fred is stretched to the breaking point, and after a few years apart they meet up again to see if they still belong together.

Poupaud and Clement deliver startlingly naturalistic performances as Laurence and Fred, letting us see into their souls as they face secrets, betrayals, outside pressure and the continual feeling that they belong together. Intriguingly, all of this unfurls in a way that's completely organic, as Dolan grounds everything in real human emotions. In fact, the only complaint is that the film feels artistically indulgent, and could have used a stronger editor to shape the story into a leaner, less rambling narrative.

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Laurence and his girlfriend Fred couldn't ask for a more special relationship. They spend as much time as they have together and are as passionately in love with each other as they were when they met 10 years ago. Although tempers flare occasionally, the couple are dependent on one another and do everything within their power to disassociate themselves with other people, despite the fact that Laurence is constantly around others in his career as a teacher and writer. However, things aren't as perfect as they could be for Laurence. He has a secret that he hoped would be forgotten once he met Fred; he longs to be a woman. When he breaks down and confesses his feelings to Fred, she is initially shocked but agrees to try and make it work. When Laurence starts dressing as a woman, things are not straight forward and the prejudices of society cause him to be shunned in his career, criticised by his parents and beaten up in the street. Fred is also having second thoughts - can she maintain their troubled relationship even with the constant worry and societal pressure?

This hard-hitting French romance is one of the most mature storylines director and writer Xavier Dolan ('I Killed My Mother', 'Heartbeats') has ever worked on. It is set to be released on November 30th 2012 in the UK.

Director: Xavier Dolan

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Heartbeats [Les Amours Imaginaires] Review


Extraordinary
As 21, actor-filmmaker Dolan proves that I Killed My Mother was no fluke. This is even bolder filmmaking that continually takes risks with its material. It's not always successful, but it's clever, funny and sharply observant.

Marie and Francis (Chokri and Dolan) are best friends who both fall for the same guy, the dreamy Nicolas (Schneider) with his golden locks and youthful mystery. Everything he says and does seems like a come-on to both Marie and Francis, who continually wonder whether he's gay or straight, but never ask him. This leads to a growing sense of competition and disappointment between them, straining their friendship to the breaking point. And Nicolas seems utterly oblivious to it all.

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Mommy Movie Review

Mommy Movie Review

One of the most jaw-dropping movies in recent years, this blackly comical drama is the...

Mommy Trailer

Mommy Trailer

Diane Després (Anne Dorval) has recently lost her husband. As a newly widowed mother, she...

Tom at the Farm Movie Review

Tom at the Farm Movie Review

After black comedy (I Killed My Mother), ethereal romance (Heartbeats) and gender-bending drama (Laurence Anyways),...

Laurence Anyways Movie Review

Laurence Anyways Movie Review

After I Killed My Mother and Heartbeats, 23-year-old filmmaker Dolan gets even more ambitious with...

Laurence Anyways Trailer

Laurence Anyways Trailer

Laurence and his girlfriend Fred couldn't ask for a more special relationship. They spend as...

Heartbeats [Les Amours Imaginaires] Movie Review

Heartbeats [Les Amours Imaginaires] Movie Review

As 21, actor-filmmaker Dolan proves that I Killed My Mother was no fluke. This is...

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