Rupert Turner is a young actor to whom everything seems to succeed but hides a secret that he no longer wishes to keep it for himself. Through a book, he decides to tell his amazing story : when he was a child, he exchanged many letters with John F. Donovan, a popular actor, but beset by many demons, and death ten years before.
The trailer for My life with John F. Donovan, with Kit Harington
The back of the leg Dolan
After two years of waiting, Xavier Dolan, is back on the screens by directing her first movie in English language with My life with John F. Donovan. And this was complicated ! Removing the role of Jessica Chastain, winding of the film, mixed reception at its world premiere in Toronto, the obstacles have succeeded. The spectators had nothing to be afraid before discovering his new film, especially after the disappointment of Just the end of the world. But rest assured, the Dolan era in quebec is back ! From the opening shots of the film, the director of Mommy takes us with her sense of framing very end, and this aesthetic that has made it famous. One scene in particular caught our attention : we see Kit Harington, Susan Sarandon (Grace Donovan) and Jared Keeso (James Donovan) share a scene in a bathroom, very intimate moment and only time they are truly a family, a true mirror of the excellent sequence of Mommy where the 3 main characters let themselves go on You don’t change by Celine Dion.
If a filmmaker masters his subject, we can still note his tendency to look often to the same topics such as the complicated relationship with the mother, and the problems of acceptance of the difference (here, homosexuality). One regrets a little that the ambiguous relationship between John F. Donovan and Rupert is not more clearly explained.
The performance of brad smith and Kit Harington
For My life with John F. Donovan, Xavier Dolan has relied on a cast of 5 stars including Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates. But we will retain especially the performance of Kit Harington and Jacob Tremblay. The first revealing a palette much larger and finer of his acting compared to his character of Jon Snow in the series Game of Thrones (the last season starts in a month on HBO and OCS). Kit Harington gives us moments of very strong emotion, especially through his relationship with his mother, camped by Susan Sarandon. About Jacob Tremblay, in spite of a scene that may seem a bit too much at the beginning, he managed to show the full breadth of his talent from the top of his very young age (he was only 12 years of age) and form a magnificent duo with Natalie Portman, who plays his mother.
A soundtrack without a false note
Xavier Dolan signs his work with a band sound without a false note. After an opening scene silent, the film maker really launched his film on the very rhythmic Rolling in the Deep of her friend Adele, with whom he worked on the video for Hello. As usual, the soundtrack perfectly accompanies the major scenes of the film with the presence of the tube of Green Day, Jesus of Suburbia, the version is very intimate of “Stand by Me” by Florence and the Machine. And what about that sequence that ends the film under the notes of Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve. In short, a soundtrack of a whole generation, but above all rooted in that of Xavier Dolan.