Laurence Anyways

Dir.: Xavier Dolan | Canada, France 2012 | 161 min

The third feature by the merely 23-year-old enfant terrible Xavier Dolan ('I Killed My Mother', 'Heartbeats') is also his most ambitious. 'Laurence Anyways' takes place over ten years, starting at the end of the 1980s, and is an epic love story between a woman and a man who dreams of becoming a woman. Laurence is a young writer and popular lecturer, who on his birthday reveals to his girlfriend Fred his secret desire to live like a woman. She is both shocked and furious, but eventually also convinced that she still loves Laurence, and she decides to help him in his transition to a new life as a woman. The question is just if the rest of the world is ready to accept his transformation. 'Laurence Anyways' has all the soaring ambitions that one can rightly expect/demand of a young director, and each image is taken to the extremes. And it is also a style orgy for anyone with a taste for the early 1990s. There is plenty of new wave spirit and a good dose of Wong Kar-wai. A modern melodrama, where the grand emotions are served in a stylish setting.

Original Title
Laurence Anyways
Country
Canada, France
Release Year
2012
Duration
161 min.
Directors
Xavier Dolan
Producer
Lyse Lafontaine, Carole Mondello
Script
Cast
Nathalie Baye, Melvil Poupaud, Monia Chokri, Suzanne Clément, Monia Chokri, Susie Almgren, Yves Jacques, Sophie Faucher, Magalie Lépine-Blondeau, David Savard, Catherine Bégin, Emmanuel Schwartz, Jacques Lavallée, Pérette Souplex, Patricia Tulasne
Camera
Yves Bélanger
Sound
Sylvain Brassard, Olivier Goinard
Editor
Xavier Dolan
Music
Noia
Production Company
Lyla Films, MK2 Productions
Version
Dialogue: French English Subtitles
Tempo
4
Thrills
3
Sighs
8
Laughs
5
Look
7
Food for thought
6