Laurence Anyways (2012)
Average Rating: 6.5/10
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A well-acted drama about two anguished lovers struggling with their own flaws and an unjust society.
The story just doesn't have the heft that its 161-minute running time implies. It's about an hour longer than the story requires, even for one that spans decades.
A sumptuously orchestrated love story about a transsexual man's decade-long struggle to maintain a passionate romance with his female soulmate in the face of creeping hostility from friends, family and society.
The performances by Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clément as the struggling lovers are unforgettable.
Dealing with transgender and amour fou, the third feature from Canada's enfant terrible Xavier Dolan is ambitious but way ovrlong and self-indulgent.
This big, dreamy, audacious picture has larger questions about relationships and identity. Can anyone be true to his or her inner self in the context of romantic love?
Poupaud and especially Clément's unaffected performances anchor the overlong film ...
A ridiculously overlong and self-consciously 'arty' mishmash of baroque cartoonishness and moments that, to all outward appearances, are determined to be parodies of pretentious filmmaking.
After I Killed My Mother and Heartbeats, 23-year-old filmmaker Dolan gets even more ambitious with this epic-length romantic drama.
Director Xavier Dolan is fast cementing himself as a writer-director willing to take risks. It might well result in a film that boasts many imperfections, but it's commendable nevertheless.
Poupaud and Clement recite and smirk and shout the lines at each other, without ever seeming genuinely to care about the issues or the people.
It's quite good - vibrantly visualised, emotionally risky, and buoyed up by the soundtrack of the year. It's just too much like an overlong catwalk show.
A 160-minute romp through the 1990s and the life of a cross-dressing teacher (Poupaud) and his lover (Clément).
Dolan never flinches across this bold, brassy piece; it's confidently directed, stylishly shot, passionately acted and evocatively scored.
A grand story that breaks down the love between two people to its purest form as a matter of the heart beyond the physical that's delicately handled
It's hard to imagine that the prodigiously gifted Dolan is still in his early twenties. This is another work of marvellous maturity and assurance.
It is mannered, pretentious and ragged and yet it is beautifully crafted ...
Ultimately, viewers will be forced to consider whether the film's sparse narrative rewards are worth the 168-minute investment. For most, I imagine the answer is no.
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