Laurence Anyways

Genre:  Drama, Romance
Running Time:  159 min.
Release Date: September 21, 2012 - Toronto - September 21, 2012 - Toronto
October 12 - Ottawa

DVD: November 20, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 3.67
based on 12 votes and 5 reviews
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Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye, Monia Chokri, Suzie Almgren, Yves Jacques, Sophie Faucher, Magalie Lépine-Blondeau

Synopsis

Montreal, 1989. Laurence (Melvil Poupaud), who teaches literature at a CEGEP, has lived for two years with Fred (Suzanne Clément), the love of his life. On his 30th birthday, Laurence decides it's time to tell Fred the truth about who he really is. And so he confesses to his girlfriend that although he's madly in love with her and he doesn't want to lose her, he's a woman trapped in a man's body and wants to undergo a sex change.

Although Fred feels betrayed at first, she decides to stay and help Laurence with his transformation. But the changes in daily routines and family pressure begin to take their toll on the unusual couple. Laurence winds up losing his job after he starts dressing as a woman at school and it isn't long before Fred begins to resent Laurence for wanting her in spite of his decision to be a woman.

Director: Xavier Dolan
Studio: Alliance Vivafilm
Producer(s): Lyse Lafontaine, Nathanaël Karmitz, Charles Gillibert
Screenplay: Xavier Dolan

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  • 5 stars "XAVIER DOLAN , is a genius, this was simply one of the best films I saw at the Leeds international film festival, visually delicious, heart felt and totally incredible,it was no short of a masterpiece! Cant wait to own my own copy x"
  • 4 stars "Saw this at TIFF and was blown away at the beautiful photography and stellar performances, unusual story well told.I went to this film completely by accident and was pleasantly surprised ."
  • 5 stars "a woman trapped in a man's body headliner is unfortunate sensationalist cliché from old 'trans-pathology' notions still prevalent today, but succeeds in drawing attention. excellent story with many struggles, conflicts, marginalization, ostracization, rejection those who are 'gender emerged atypical' (pariah), but lived the first stage of their life conforming and hiding in the guise like the 'typical'. family/loved ones are distressed the second stage of life that opens up before them. worth the see. only wish i didn't have to go downtown (tiff) gta to see it!"