Laurence Anyways

Laurence Anyways
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Laurence Anyways
Canada, 2012, 168 Minute Running Time
Topics: Gay/Lesbian, Romance, Sex, Transgender
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: French

Awards: Best Actress (Suzanne Clément), Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival

Young — he’s still only 23! — writer/director Xavier Dolan makes good on the promise of his earlier works (I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats) with this terrifically stylish love story, set in 1990s Montreal and starring French art-cinema mainstay Melvil Poupaud as the eponymous transgender hero. Covering a decade in the on-again, off-again relationship between Laurence and his lover Frédérique (the wonderful Suzanne Clément), Dolan’s sensuous mini-epic dazzles and entertains, even as it makes cogent points about the prejudice and lack of understanding still facing transsexuals today.

“Achingly beautiful… brilliant… That the film’s emotional focus strays from the difficulties of Laurence’s transition to the sometimes-painful reverberations enveloping those around him suggests that Dolan cares for his characters as people more than as emblems of the issues they embody… His characters are tangles of confused and often baffling thoughts, feelings, and motivations because regular people are, too, and it’s one of his principal virtues as a dramatist that his characters are ultimately as complicated and multifaceted as the issues he unpacks.” — Calum Marsh, Slant

Winner: Best Actress (Suzanne Clément), Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival.

DIRECTOR: Xavier Dolan
Producer: Lyse Lafontaine, Joe Iacono, Xavier Dolan, Lyse Lafontaine, Nathanaël Karmitz, Charles Gillibert
Editor: Xavier Dolan
Screenwriter: Xavier Dolan
Cinematographer: Yves Bélanger
Music: Noia
Principal Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye, Monia Chokri
Filmography: Heartbeats (2010), I Killed My Mother (2009)
Print Source: Breaking Glass Pictures -

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