leonardo’s review published on Letterboxd:
throughout the entire film, I sensed as though the atmosphere exhaled art, sorrow, extreme conflicts and the ins and outs of a human life that was always on the verge of collapsing, but still clung on to something better that never came. john's life was touching, melancholic and overly exposed... overall, he must've had a sensitive soul. people often say "life is short" hoping it'll turn out great, because the fear of the opposite is extreme. that somehow links its message to this film. kit as donovan was one in the crowd, setting out how downs are there in life. ones never get up.
this new piece from dolan's collection was moving, well made and the most personal thing i could've watched throughout all my life. it hits hard. my intuition felt that I'd feel this exact way, and I unexpectedly did. and the conclusion I've come to is, how i also feel like perhaps I could be one intertwined with good things but at the same time being prone to some doomsday. things always seem complicated when they're not, indeed. and I hope I get to meet someone to tell all about my fucking weekend in person.
(plus GIJS BLOM from JONGENS? i was weeping so badly during the last 5 minutes, when he appeared... I teared up a RIVER. props to bitter sweet symphony, that made everything ten times wetter)