Matthias and Maxime

The prolific young Canadian director Xavier Dolan (MommyIt’s Only the End of the World) also takes a lead role in this tender gay drama about two friends from childhood, Max and Matt (played by Gabriel D’Almeida Freitas), whose passion for each other is reignited by a playful kiss for a dare. As a result, both men question their sexual identities.

Matthias and Maxime is a dazzling and intricate slice of French-Canadian life. Accessible and heartfelt, and full of perfect attention to detail, it is one of Dolan’s best films yet.

Stars 5/5

This review was first published in The Daily Mirror on 28/08/20

By Linda Marric

Linda Marric is a freelance film writer and has written extensively about film and TV over the last decade. Current bylines include:
senior film critic and Reviews Editor for HeyUGuys
film critic at the Jewish Chronicle
contributing writer at the Daily Mirror

After graduating with a degree in Film Studies from King's College London, Linda has worked in post-production on a number of film projects and other film-related roles. She has a huge passion for intelligent Scifi movies and is never put off by the prospect of a romantic comedy. Favourite movie: Brazil.