Laurence Anyways


Laurence Anyways (2013)


Critic 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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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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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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Critic Reviews for Laurence Anyways

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (20)

"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.

Oct 10, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Lushly romantic and daringly original.

Sep 12, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 18, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

At nearly three hours, it's by turns an extraordinary and exhausting work.

Jul 3, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Poupaud's quiet moments convey a lofty, poignant introspection, and Clément erupts with grand, if scattershot, furies.

Jul 1, 2013 | Full Review…

At nearly three hours, it's entirely too long, needlessly padded out with an intrusive interview-framing device.

Jun 28, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Laurence Anyways

Dolan's first misstep in his so far promising career, and it is true that he had shown before a penchant for over-stylization but now he seems to think he is fabulous enough to come up with this incredibly pretentious, self-indulgent, artificial and exasperating exercise of style over substance.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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.
Walter M.

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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 Ho
Chihoe Ho

Super Reviewer

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