FC @ Cannes 2019 – Two best friends grapple with desire in Xavier Dolan’s halfway interesting ‘Matthias & Maxime’

Posted on May 25, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/cannes-2019-matthias-and-maxime-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan/

Plus Marco Bellocchio’s ‘The Traitor’. And Abdellatif Kechiche’s ‘Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo’.

In Xavier Dolan’s Matthias & Maxime, the director — playing the latter half of the title — sports a wine-red birthmark that pools over the right side of his face. From the outside, this may be the most distinctive aspect about Maxime. He’s just another bloke, leading just another nondescript life, with just another nondescript best friend in a lawyer named Matthias (Gabriel D’Almeida Fritas). Or is there more to this friendship? They’ll soon get to find out, when they are arm-twisted into acting in the student film of a friend’s sister. The scene requires them to kiss. Matthias & Maxime lean forward and… CUT. Dolan doesn’t show them kissing. He’s more interested in the aftermath. First, we see Matthias writhe. Then, it’s Maxime’s turn. The former stretch is definitely the film’s, well, better half.

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