Matthias & Maxime 2019
Matthias et Maxime (original title)
1h 59min | Drama | 9 October 2019 (USA)
Two childhood best friends are asked to share a kiss for the purposes of a student short film. Soon, a lingering doubt sets in, confronting both men with their preferences, threatening the brotherhood of their social circle, and, eventually, changing their lives.
What struck my most about this film was that, just twenty minutes in, I got the feeling that I was watching a totally new kind of film. It’s different from anything else. You don’t notice it at first though. It follows the same sorts of conventions as other films, but at a certain moment I realized it had a completely unique tone to it which I personally had never seen before.
I don’t know if it was deliberate. I don’t know if it’s something that’s existed in other films, but it’s certainly something I don’t recall having ever seen myself. It almost feels like what some would call realism, but it’s not. And since it’s not quite that, it ends up being something completely different. It’s subtle at first, but it never lets up. The wonderful camerawork only adds to it. Recommend.
Director: Xavier Dolan
Writer: Xavier Dolan
Stars: Harris Dickinson, Xavier Dolan, Anne Dorval
Country: Canada | France
Language: French | English
Release Date: 9 October 2019 (USA)
Also Known As: Matthias and Maxime
Filming Locations: Montrxc3xa9al, Quxc3xa9bec, Canada