Reviews of Dolan’s film “The Death and Life of John H. Donovan” were mixed. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan made his English-language debut on Monday, premiering "The Death and Life of John F. Donovan" at the Toronto film festival. The much-anticipated film starring Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman, and Kit Harington ("Game of Thrones") had been suddenly withdrawn from Cannes earlier this year and concerns were raised about the production after he later cut Jessica Chastain's scenes.The film also stars Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton ("Westworld"), Jacob Tremblay ("Room") and Ben Schnetzer, also at TIFF this year in "The Grizzlies".A backlash ensued, but the director stressed that the decision was not reflective of Chastain's performance.After Toronto, Dolan will return to his francophone roots for his next film, "Matthias and Maxime".
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