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Laurence Anyways (2013)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 10

Passionate and powerfully acted, Laurence Anyways sometimes strains to achieve its narrative ambitions (and fill its three-hour running time), but ultimately succeeds.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 3

Passionate and powerfully acted, Laurence Anyways sometimes strains to achieve its narrative ambitions (and fill its three-hour running time), but ultimately succeeds.



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Laurence, a French teacher and soon-to-be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Frédérique. But on the day after his 35th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support his transformation. The film follows the course of the couple's on-again, off-again relationship throughout the 1990s. (C) Breaking Glass Pictures



Xavier Dolan

Sep 30, 2013

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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (10) | DVD (1)

"Laurence Anyways" is a formidable display of French Canadian director Xavier Dolan's prodigious talents, but also a case study of a young talent still finding his way to greatness.He'll get there one day, soon, but this film doesn't quite do it.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Lushly romantic and daringly original.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It's all too much, really, including its 21/2-hour-plus running time. But it's also engrossing, an ultimately tender story of a transsexual's transformation over 10 years and its effect on him and the people around him.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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At nearly three hours, it's by turns an extraordinary and exhausting work.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Poupaud's quiet moments convey a lofty, poignant introspection, and Clément erupts with grand, if scattershot, furies.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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At nearly three hours, it's entirely too long, needlessly padded out with an intrusive interview-framing device.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Too much music. Too much colour. Too much movie. But a good movie.

July 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Suzanne Clement gives one of those legendary, no-holds-barred performances that announces the arrival of a sensational new screen presence.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

...a symphony of sound and image, an epic account of a dynamic and complicated relationship, and one of the most powerful and affecting love stories I've seen on film in quite some time.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Drenching melodrama, reckless, ravishing. Dolan's style, to some, may seem overheated, flamboyant, baroque, immature, indulgent, extravagant, but it is what it is and what it is, at his keenest moments, is fabulous.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity

It's bold, brash, and frequently successful, but also repetitive and ultimately arduous. There simply isn't enough story here to justify the inflated running time and, for many, Laurence Anyways will wear out its welcome.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix

It's far longer than it needs to be. But it's still an absorbing chronicle of a romance in which one partner happens to be transsexual.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

For every sublime moment the movie has to offer, there's a cinematic dead zone of indulgence that wipes it away, generating a frustrating, occasionally intolerable sit.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source:

Rarely have such issues been explored on screen with such intimacy and complexity, even if some of the quirky details in Dolan's epic feels more unfocused than profound.

July 22, 2013 Full Review Source:

Laurence Anyways has the feel of a personal project that got away from Dolan, full of raw, rough-edged drama in desperate need of discipline and refinement.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

One can't help but feel that Dolan & Co. go into a bit too much detail re: the changes faced by Laurence...Nonetheless, there has not been as exhaustive (exhausting?) a look into the Trans(gender) experience before.

July 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

It evidences a hoarder's bond to moments of extravagantly photographed feeling -- no matter that it's often the same feelings being communicated, over and over.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source:

Laurence Anyways, Xavier Dolan's third film, acknowledges the messiness of transgendered life, and the sizeable gaps between tolerance, acceptance, and actually going to bed with someone.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Dolan, now on his third film, is confident. He takes his time. The movie is long enough and covers a great enough time span that the word "epic" will be thrown at it.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

This frequently brilliant epic does more than make us understand the challenges faced by trans people and those who love them - it makes us feel those challenges ourselves.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Laurence Anyways

Xavier Dolan is fast becoming one of my favorite directors. All of his films possess a modest flamboyance and a stylised confidence. Laurence Anyways is Dolan getting serious but without giving up on his signature traits. It's great to see an alternative film about a Transgender person that doesn't involve said person as a Prostitute, drug addict or suffering from a mental illness. The film is essentially about everyone else, their reactions to Laurence's honesty and the hypocrisy that follows. There is a beautifully tender love story running throughout that is intelligently and realistically portrayed, culminating in yet another stunning finale that I now expect from Dolan.
March 5, 2014

Super Reviewer

Dolan's first misstep in his so far promising career. It is true that he had shown before a penchant for over-stylization, but now he just decided he is fabulous enough to make this incredibly pretentious, self-indulgent, artificial and exasperating exercise of style over substance.
July 25, 2012

Super Reviewer

For someone to direct a film such as this at such a tender age is remarkable. Xavier Dolan has the potential to become one of the greatest Canadian directors of all time. I saw this version which I believe is the theatrical version..I missed the longer one released by the Film Festival and I hope I didn't miss out on more intriguing looks at Laurence Alia and his struggles in world where the thinking is still a little backward. Fantastic jobs by the leads. Their relationship sizzles.
November 15, 2013
John Ballantine

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One of my favourites at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, "Laurence Anyways" is a gritty drama showcasing what it means to be constricted by societal "norms" of being a certain gender. Xavier Dolan exercises his mind, coming up with some of the most visually captivating and stylized sequences which when paired with electropop beats, produce some of the most stimulating scenes. There is style, but there is substance too. The leads, Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clement, are riveting to watch as they interact and feed off each other's energy. âLaurence Anywaysâ? is polarizing in both its content and its product but it succeeds more than it sinks. I haven't seen any of Dolanâ(TM)s other films, but I'll make it a point to do so now.
October 14, 2012

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