THE YOUNG CANADIAN DIRECTOR XAVIER DOLAN, COMPLETED HIS FIRST FEATURE FILM '”J'AI TUÈ MA MÈRE"AT AGE 20. WITH "MOMMY" HE WON THE JURY PRIZE AT THE 67TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL AND, LATER, THE GRAND PRIX FOR "IT 'S JUST THE END OF THE WORLD" AT THE 69TH EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL. HE DIRECTION STYLE OF DOLAN IS MADE OF SIGNIFICANT AND AESTHETIC VISIONS.
The young director creates dreamlike atmospheres and spectacular scenes, thanks to combinations between commercial and unusual technical elements that, with an incredible ability to convert the story into images, allows him to emphasize every fragment of the story. Here we have gathered four film’s sections where Dolan decided to tell the story through dance and music.
It is on “On ne change pas” by Celine Dion, that the young protagonist Steve begins to dance involving his mother Diane and her friend Kyla. In this moment of the film the director is able to reveal new facets of the characters.
Another scene in which dance creates a particular atmosphere is the one during the party in “Les amoures imaginaires” where Francis and Mari, both in love with the same guy (Nicolas), see him dancing with another girl. Neon lights make the atmosphere characteristic and engaging.
In “Lawrence Anyways” the dance moment is related only to one of the protagonists. It is a longtake in slow motion set in a beautiful hall. In this scene there is also the director’s cameo.
The fourth moment is in his most recent film, called “It ‘s just the end of the world”, starring Léa Seydoux, Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel and Gaspard Ulliel. For a moment the tensions between siblings and parents were weakened.
The key moments of films are made special by the eye of the talented Xavier Dolan, who knows how to put together different elements as a particular sound or a different frame format creating something detached from the normal perception of reality.
Text by Luisa Pagani