Xavier Dolan Quotes

I think anything is possible to anyone who dreams, dares, works and never gives up.

A movie that is unable to elicit emotion isn’t a movie.

I have the impression that every time I’m heartbroken, I leave a bit of myself behind. I am the believer. I go back and do the same mistakes over and over again and sign them proudly.

I think that when you’re in love, you progressively go back to who you are.

I love women in my heart but not in my undies.

Women have to define themselves in the eyes of men. They have to fight for their rights, especially in a society that will pretend that there is no fight or no battle, that it’s a cliché, that feminists are reactionary, all these things.

I don’t belong to any school or clique or ghetto. I don’t have any preconceived ideas. I’m trying to serve a story and not a genre or a style.

I’d like to do something meaningful in the smallest ways, not just words or idiotic writing.

What motivates every other decision artistically or technically is the acting. This is what motivates everything. Never can a camera move be incompatible with the emotion of the actor at that moment. The movement, the style, the atmosphere, everything is dictated by the actor.

I was a very violent kid. I think movies and writing and art have been a way of channeling this. But I have will to defend people – it can be all sorts of people.

I’m sick of people imposing cultural references and influences on me, but I’m not sick of people talking about my age.


Acting is everything to me and it’s at the core of every decision. Whatever importance costumes, details, lights, camera, dialogue and everything else have, if the acting is bad, cheap, or overdone everything else is just gone.

When I write a film, I have already made the trailer

As a director you want to have actors, not only surpassing themselves, but also going somewhere, going different places.

I don’t master my craft or my style enough to have any philosophy or dogma to which I feel I belong.

I’d rather be referred to as a precocious young Quebec talent, than not be referred to at all.

I’d like to be taken in charge of as an actor, not to be abandoned with asinine dialogue and meaningless actions or stereotyped characters. I’d like to feel like I’m in a character driven story.

I always wrote. I’ve written stories since I was 9. We didn’t have a computer at home, but my aunt Magda had one. Whenever I’d go to her place, I was in the basement working on her computer, writing stories.

I’d love to perform with other actors and act with actors, true actors. I would like to be in a movie and have full room for acting.