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Matthias & Maxime

Country: Canada, Language: French, 119 mins

  • Director: Xavier Dolan
  • Writer: Xavier Dolan
  • Producer: Xavier Dolan; Nancy Grant

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Xavier, Xavier, Xavier...where have you been?

After a cacaphonous and dissenting win at Cannes with the divisive It's Only the End of the World [although we loved this film]. And, following the full-on flatulent disappointment of The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, Monsieur Dolan [thankfully] returns to what he does best...with one almighty problem!

That 'problem' is none other than that old chestnut itself...being too close, doing too much. The importance of a script editor can never be exaggerated...M&M desperately needed one to shave off all the unnecessary bristle. In John F. Donovan, Monsieur Dolan infamously cut Jessica Chastaine from the entire film [he lost quite a few Hollywood Brownie points with that manoeuvre]...if he had employed that same tactic with M&M, by cutting out the entirely unnecessary scenes with Harris Dickinson...and, by listening to and acting on a script editor's advice, M&M would have been a far better film than it is.

Saying that...M&M is [still] a fine film...with so much heart and wounded soul. Boys born on different sides of the tracks...friends with aspirational benefits, friends destined to become so much more. Monsieur Dolan infuses his character with a decent, deep-down delicacy...he is everything that Matthias is not and vice versa. Yet, they fit. Their relationship is as lovely as it is frustrating to watch...with their histories concluded and their futures yet to be decided...this is all about will they or won't they.

All Matthias & Maxime needed was a closer shave to be more of a marvel than it already is...!


Trailer...

The(ir) Blurb...

The film will depict a pair of friends in their late 20s, with Dolan playing Max. Also among the cast is the wonderful Anne Dorval (Mommy, I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats).

Cast & Characters

Xavier Dolan as Maxime
Harris Dickinson as McAfee
Gabriel D'Almeida Freitas as Matthias
Catherine Brunet as Lisa
Anne Dorval as Manon
Antoine Pilon as Brass
Pier-Luc Funk as Rivette
Adib Alkhalidey as Shariff
Marilyn Castonguay as Sarah
Micheline Bernard as Francine
Samuel Gauthier as Frank