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Xavier Dolan slams ‘gay film’ label: ‘We never talk about “heterosexual” films’

Xavier Dolan slams ‘gay film’ label: ‘We never talk about “heterosexual” films’

Gabriel D'Almeida Freitas and Xavier Dolan in Dolan's new movie | Photo: Sons of Manuel

Gay director and actor Xavier Dolan, who often explores LGBTI themes in his movies, has opposed labels such as ‘gay film.’

The star made the comments at a press conference for his latest work Mathias & Maxime in Cannes this week.

The romance features Xavier in a leading role alongside Gabriel D’Almeida Freitas, whose longing for each other comes to the surface after they share a kiss.

Fretias plays Mathias, who when the film begins, is in a straight relationship.

‘We never talk about heterosexual films’

‘This film is not gay, it’s life,’ Dolan told press at the film festival.

‘We never talk about heterosexual films,’ he furthermore added. ‘”Oh, I saw this great heterosexual love story.” For me, it’s not a story of homosexuality or gay love.

‘Ultimately, I don’t think that the two protagonists are aware that it is gay love. It’s love.’

As well as starring in Mathias & Maxime, Xavier directs the movie. He also serves as producer and writer.

His previous celebrated films that explore LGBTI themes include Laurence Anyways and Tom at the Farm.

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