Color By Numbers: Xavier Dolan
Let the rich palettes of this precocious auteur wash over you!
Xavier Dolan (stream I Killed My Mother and Laurence Anyways, here on Fandor) doesn’t care what you think of his taste, and that’s a big part of what makes his work so breathtaking! His unabashed and expressive style includes reality-blurring, emotionally-charged musical sequences and, yes, intense, insistent color schemes. It’s as if the inner experiences and emotions of his characters are bleeding out into every corner of the frame, creating a heightened and sensual experience for the viewer.
Whether splashed with vibrant jewel tones or frosted with icy neutrals and pastels, whatever Dolan does, it works: He’s been the darling of audiences and critics alike, to say nothing of the prestigious festival circuit, and his music video for Adele’s “Hello” was an instantly-iconic addition to the contemporary canon of the form. His first English-language feature, the star-studded The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, will be released later this year. In this video, we let Dolan take you on a journey, with his exuberant use of color as your guide.