Matthias & Maxime

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.

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Film Cast:

  • Matthias: Gabriel D’Almeida Freitas
  • Maxime: Xavier Dolan
  • Rivette: Pier-Luc Funk
  • Frank: Samuel Gauthier
  • Brass: Antoine Pilon
  • Shariff: Adib Alkhalidey
  • Francine: Micheline Bernard
  • Manon: Anne Dorval
  • Sarah: Marilyn Castonguay
  • Lisa: Catherine Brunet
  • McAfee: Harris Dickinson
  • Erika Rivette: Camille Felton
  • Martine: Anne-Marie Cadieux
  • …: Monique Spaziani
  • …: Jacques Lavallée
  • Matisse: Louis-Julien Durso
  • Voisine sur son balcon: Johanne Garneau
  • Julien: Alexandre Bourgeois
  • Me. Grandmaitre: Jean Harvey
  • Avocat: Connor McMahon
  • Bar customer (uncredited): Michael Kelly

Film Crew:

  • Costume Design: Pierre-Yves Gayraud
  • Producer: Nathanaël Karmitz
  • Writer: Xavier Dolan
  • Production Design: Colombe Raby
  • Director of Photography: André Turpin
  • Producer: Nancy Grant
  • Producer: Elisha Karmitz
  • Sound: Sylvain Brassard
  • Executive Producer: Phoebe Greenberg
  • Original Music Composer: Jean-Michel Blais
  • Art Direction: Claude Tremblay

Movie Reviews:

  • SWITCH.: It’s hard not to be swept up by ‘Matthias and Maxime’. This is a film made with such love and care, sincerity and grace, showcasing everything that makes Xavier Dolan such an arresting filmmaker and distilled into their purest form. What made my heart soar was in how it laid bare how complex human relationships are, how pointless such binaries as gender and sexuality are, how love between two people is greater than simply defined as friendship or romance. ‘Matthias and Maxime’ refuses to play into such simplistic categories, instead celebrating the wonder of love and human connection without the need for them. Maybe some viewers will try and pigeonhole the protagonists as “gay“ rather than just two people in love to make themselves feel more comfortable, much like the bi-erasure in many responses to ‘Call Me By Your Name’, so pointlessly obsessed are we with useless outdated labels, but that would be such a loss to their experience of the richness of this film. ‘Matthias and Maxime’ is a quiet triumph, a tender love story beautifully told, a reminder of how deep the rivers of love can go, how violent travelling them can be and how so very worth the journey is.
    – Daniel Lammin

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  • CinemaSerf: I was rather disappointed by this effort from Xavier Dolan. Perhaps writing/editting and starring in the film robbed him too much of objectivity when it came to actually watching this bit of a non-story. He portrays “Max”, a young French-Canadian man who is about to emigrate to Australia. At a party with his childhood friends, he and handsome best pal Matt (Gabriel D’Almeida Freitas) get lumbered with starring in a video being made by one of their number’s pesky younger sister. The scene involved the two of them kissing – something neither had done (as an adult) with a man before. What ensues is a slow, deliberately so, depiction of the complications that this kiss has on their relationship. “Matt” has a long term girlfriend, so his reconciliation with his “new” feelings for his friend take on a different guise from those of the single “Max” who has issues with his recovering addict mother. Sadly, though, too much of those repercussions are presumed on us by the director and not demonstrated to the audience. It doesn’t need to be a cheesy traditional romance, nor a sex fest, but we are left to imagine or envisage that they want each other only because we know that’s what the film is about – not because we are presented with much tangible, or even implied, sense of desire. Indeed the others in their group more readily flirt and banter than the two in the title. It doesn’t have a beginning, middle and end – it just has a middle. A rather interestingly filmed and quite well put together middle, but a middle nonetheless. Certainly worth watching – I think Dolan has something about him – but I wanted more from the characters and the story – as it is I just felt like a rather unsatisfied observer.
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