Pinhole Movie Reviews

Laurence Anyways by tincolor

Melvil Poupaud is a 35 year old literature teacher who one day decides to make public his belief that he is actually a woman born in the body of a man. This of course causes distress to his girlfriend, Suzanne Clément, who must choose whether or not to stick around. Another stylized and generally well directed film from Xavier Dolan that is over inflated with pretty, but ultimately meaningless cinematic flourishes and a script that fails to make its viewer believe in its characters. This is the second Xavier Dolan film I’ve seen and I’m convinced that while he may have a lot of talent behind the camera, his script writing needs significant work. The final scene sums up what doesn’t work about this movie for me. It shows the circumstances in which the two leads first met. After nearly three hours of seeing these two bicker and fight and try to work things out, this flashback should play as a melancholy scene that reminds the viewer why these two characters fell in love in the first place, but instead it’s just flat, we don’t care, and frankly, we’re already pretty sick of the whole situation. Barely watchable.


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