Laurence Anyways

2013

Laurence Anyways

Critics Consensus

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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User Ratings: 2,735
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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

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Cast

Melvil Poupaud
as Laurence Alia
Suzanne Clément
as Fred Bellair
Nathalie Baye
as Julienne Alia
Monia Chokri
as Stefanie Bellair
Yves Jacques
as Michel Lafortune
Sophie Faucher
as Andree Bellair
Pérette Souplex
as Tatie Rose
Perrette Souplex
as Tatie Rose
Patricia Tulasne
as Shookie Rose
Susan Almgren
as Journalist
Denise Filiatrault
as Gérante de la créperie
Violette Chauveau
as Élise Voïnitski
Jacob Tierney
as Alexandre
Gilles Renaud
as Président du conseil
Patrice Coquereau
as Secrétaire du conseil
Anne Dorval
as Mathe Delteuil
Pierre Chagnon
as Yves Voïnitski
Alexis Lefebvre
as Simon Delteuil
Denys Paris
as Roland Bertrand
Vincent Davy
as Pierre Alia
Manuel Tadros
as Propriétaire Arabe
Alexandre Goyette
as Marco de Bellefeuille
Antoine-Olivier Pilon
as Young Adolescent
Bronwen Mantel
as Antiquaire
Mario Geoffrey
as Truck Driver
Yvette Thuot
as Albert's Aunt
Claude Gasse
as Commis du supermarché
Clement Deschenes
as Barman à l'Ile au Noir
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Audience Reviews for Laurence Anyways

  • Aug 18, 2015
    Even though "Laurence Anyways," is about the title character(Melvil Poupaud), a transgender teacher and poet, the movie is in reality not so much concerned about gender. Rather, it is about transformation in general, as it charts ten years in the life of her and her long time girlfriend Fred(Suzanne Clement), a production assistant for movies, during the 1990's while charting the evolution of their ever changing relationship. As such, writer-director Xavier Dolan shows marked improvement in his visual presentation with several very memorable images. For example, the first time Laurence walks through a school hallway in women's clothes has to be one of the bravest things a character has ever done in a movie. At the same time, I'm not quite sure "Laurence Anyways" warrants its epic length, just as much as Dolan seems to reference the 80's more than the 90's.(Look, I may not know fashion or hairstyling but I do know a 1981 Duran Duran song when I hear one.)
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2012
    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.
    Chihoe H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2012
    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.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2012
    'Laurence Anyways' (2013) this is writer and director Xavier Dolan's third movie to what I like to call his 'Impossible Love Trilogy', which consist of his first three films: 'J'ai tué ma mère' (2008), 'Heartbeats' (2010), and now 'Laurence Anyways' (2013)! The story follows the relationship of Laurence Alia, a male-to-female transsexual (played by Melvil Poupaud), and her inamorata, Fred Belair (played by Suzanne Clément). This is not a film that discusses transsexuality, but an introspective, romantic tale of two, and the ups and downs of their relationship. These are real-life characters who you really get to see develop in the course of the 2 hours and 41 minutes, (Clément's character possibly even more so than Poupaud's). However, my major problem with this film is its overall running time. You take works like 'Avatar' (2009), 'The Dark Knight Rises' (2012), or any 'The Lord of The Rings' installments, which are all two hours plus and hold enough material to keep the audience undistracted from screen. Unfortunately, there are tedious moments here that just lack substance. I know how Dolan loves a chic soundtrack to go along with his lavish imagery, but quite frankly these artistic sequences are ultimately distractions from the story. Though this film really needs to be edited, it is STILL worthwhile for the top-notch acting delivered from the entire cast and especially from Suzanne Clément. If you have the patience to watch this, go right ahead!
    Noah N Super Reviewer

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