Watch: Visual Essay Exploring the Work of Xavier Dolan


Xavier Dolan Visual Essay

I love the work of Xavier Dolan, and I’ve taken every opportunity possible to say this, write about this and make you wholly aware of his work in hopes you too will find his movies as special as I do. In 2009, at the age of 19, he gave us I Killed My Mother and a year later Heartbeats, but it wasn’t until 2012 that I finally saw one of his movies, Laurence Anyways, and I was instantly won over and would then consume his previous two shortly thereafter.

After seeing Laurence at Cannes in 2012, it subsequently made my list of the “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan to arrive, hoping it is yet another film of Dolan’s to celebrate, but in the meantime I have been granted yet another way of bringing his work to your attention.

Just below is a ten minute visual essay on Dolan’s work, created by The Seventh Art and sponsored by the Toronto International Film Festival as Mommy is playing as part of the 14th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival.

Give it a watch and explore the work of one of the greatest filmmakers working today, getting more acquainted to his very personal and intimate style of filmmaking and you’ll be forgiven if you find yourself missing some of what Patricia Rozema says while getting caught up in the stunning visuals.

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