Canadian drama about friendship, love and searching for real emotions
Matthias and Maxime have been inseparable friends since childhood. Yet when they are asked to kiss in front of the camera during a student film shoot, everything suddenly changes. Their seemingly unbreakable bond is disturbed by doubts about the true nature of their mutual feelings.
In his eighth feature film Matthias et Maxime, the Quebecois director Xavier Dolan develops themes that have been his staple since the start of his career – falling in love, friendship, complicated family relationships (symptomatically for Dolan, the dysfunctional mother-son relationship). He captures a wide range of emotions, presenting them without any polishing and disregarding how complicated such an experience must be for the protagonists. The director's style is also easily recognizable in the staging of scenes overflowing with dialogues of characters speaking over each other, and in the use of slow-motion shots, pop music, and film references. Nevertheless, the result is an intimate portrait of two confused men, with one trying to suppress his nature and the other longing to live an authentic life.
Cannes' favorite one
The film's world premiere took place in this year's main competition in Cannes alongside such names as Pedro Almodóvar, Terrence Malick, Ken Loach and Jim Jarmusch. Major international periodicals (Screen, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian) appreciate the film's coherence in terms of the auteur style, and the director's honesty in depicting existential moments experienced by people in their thirties. It is important to note that this is Dolan's sixth film that has been presented in Cannes, and this development only confirms the young auteur's reputation.
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Strong bond between Dolan and Mezipatra QFF
Mezipatra has followed Dolan's work since its start, and apart from two titles, the festival has presented his whole filmography so far. It is therefore entirely natural to include his latest film in the distribution offer upon founding our own distribution brand, and present it to wider audiences. The relevance of screening Matthias et Maxime in the Czech environment is proved by the fact that the launch of his previous films was in the hands of Aerofilms and Artcam distribution companies, whose position in terms of presenting international art production is crucial. At the same time, Xavier Dolan is one of the few filmmakers capable of consistently speaking for a generation close to Mezipatra visitors. This is why it is important for us to bring his work to the audiences.
Canada / 2019
119 min / DCP
Director: Xavier Dolan
Writer: Xavier Dolan
Cast: Harris Dickinson, Xavier Dolan, Anne Dorval, Gabriel D'Almeida Freitas