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Matthias & Maxime

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Canada

2019

1h 59m

Director Xavier Dolan

Starring Gabriel D'Almeida Freitas, Xavier Dolan, Pier-Luc Funk, Samuel Gauthier

Genre Drama

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When two men who have been friends since childhood are asked to kiss on camera for a student film project, they both begin to question their preferences, and the fallout threatens tear their entire friend group apart.

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The A.V. Club by A.A. Dowd

It’s curiously flat and dreary-looking ... There was a time when I used to wish that Dolan would settle down a little—the manic energy of his work could be exhausting. But if this is the alternative, I take it all back.
67

IndieWire by David Ehrlich

None of this movie feels amateurish or unmotivated, but virtually everything on the periphery of its main plot manages to detract from what’s going on between Matthias and Maxime.
70

Variety by Guy Lodge

It feels at once younger and older, sweeter and more seasoned, than Dolan’s last few films.... [It's] not out to scout new stylistic territory, but confident in the turf it covers, often gorgeously so.
60

The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

A slight but necessary palate-cleanser, as crisp and tangy-sweet as raspberry sorbet, and Dolan’s most conventional and accessible work to date.
80

TheWrap by Steve Pond

Sharp and warm ... It reaffirms a distinctive cinematic voice who might be going back to his greatest hits, but has brought something new to them.
40

Screen Daily by Tim Grierson

On occasion, the sincerity and unabashed emotion can be bracing, but more often this rambunctiously enthusiastic writer-director overestimates how compelling his protagonists’ plight is, giving us a florid melodrama without enough grit underneath the operatics.

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