Quebecois auteur Xavier Dolan has become one of the most preeminent voices in new queer cinema thanks to his bracingly honest themes and subject matters, and the writer-director kept up this spirit in an open letter published to Twitter yesterday revealing a recent snafu with Netflix UK. According to Dolan’s post, Netflix UK has edited out the aspect ratio changes in his well-received drama “Mommy,” despite the fact that the aspect ratio plays a vital role in visually expressing the protagonist’s psychological journey.
Dolan presented a majority of “Mommy” in a square 1:1 ratio, opting to expand the frame to a more full 1.85:1 at pivotal moments to reflect the main character’s expanding happiness and to tease possible bright futures. Because Netflix UK eschewed these aesthetic choices, Dolan took to the social media platform to lash out at their decision.
“Who has bestowed on you the right to revise my choices,” he wrote, “and how competently have you pondered the impact of such decisions on my film and the public?” Visit Indiewire for more on the story, including a chance to read the letter in its entirety.
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