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½ March 4, 2016
Xavier is always an interesting choice. Often dealing wither personal issues, crisis or sexual orientation.

Meet Lawrence. A straight man in a relationship. He tells his girl that he want's to become a woman. He's still straight, but he want's a sex change. That makes him lesbian, kind of.
The girl takes it quite hard. So does he, really, and their relationship is the plot here more or less.

It's lovely shot and it got some great "freak out moments". Scenes that are full of visual blow outs, dreamlike or metaphorical. Fantastic acting by the two leads and a very solid presentation. It's a very long film, nearly three hours. That's too long to be fair, but it's not a boring ride. Powerful, real and kind of important. Imaginative and intense. Rhytmic and intelligent.

My least favorite of the three Dolan flicks I've seen, but still a very solid film. It's very much alike his other films, but they are all interesting and something different.

7 out of 10 pink bricks.
December 17, 2015
Less personal in comparison to other Dolan films, but still very deep and thoughtful, and with an indescribable and perfect pace and tone that help to tell the creative story from a very objective and peculiar point of view regarding Laurence and the romance that softly unfolds beneath the changes.
Super Reviewer
December 16, 2015
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.
November 29, 2015
I love the fact that this movie doesn't revolve around Laurence's transness and it is a very beautiful movie. I'm still disappointed by the fact that a cis man plays the role of a trans woman, but it's still a very powerful movie.
½ October 9, 2015
Obscenely gorgeous and excessively stylized, this would almost not work if it wasn't for the emotional resonant drama Xavier Dolan frames in all the right ways and a stand out performances all around (with particular emphasis on a raging Suzanne Clément), it all ends up turning a love story into a sweeping melodrama epic about identity, conformism and love that for better or worse refuses to die. Any regrets Laurance?
½ September 24, 2015
Beautifully filmed, right behind Dolan's Mommy in terms of beautiful photography. Goes on a little too long, but was mostly compelling. Very touching love story.
September 16, 2015
Dolan made this movie in 2013, way before Caitlin Jenner enters the national consciousness and became the talk of the town. So what if he needs to edit a little, for such a young director he keeps pushing the envelope and engages us in important social topics that need discussing. This is one of them.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ August 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.)
August 13, 2015
Captivating; very beautiful filmmaking!
August 13, 2015
'Laurence Anyways' is very much a film about finding yourself, and not only in the narrative sense. You get the feeling that Dolan is searching for his characters at the same time he's searching for his own voice - that doesn't always work out in his advantage. Resulting in a film that's a stylistic jumble and narratively padded with too much air to hold your attention for the full running time.

However, the beauty of this film is that it's riddled with powerful moments where Dolan knows exactly what to say and how to say it. Add to that a couple of strong performances and genuine moments of sheer beauty and you have a (somewhat) sophomoric effort that's well worth discovering.
July 18, 2015
No denying that Xavier Dolan presents a unique and bold voice in cinema -- and a voice obtained at a very young age. I held back on ever writing about this film until I had an opportunity to see it again.

Much of the flamboyance, look and overall style from his first major film, "Heartbeats," is here. To his credit, Dolan pursues a much deeper level of humanity via melodrama in "Laurence Anyways." The film is bold and gushes imagery, music, emotions and ideas. It is an ambitious undertaking for a filmmaker this young.

Xavier Dolan beats the odds and the film works. The problem here is that the movie works "despite" Dolan. The actors give such strong performances and the story is exploring aspects that have sadly never been fully explored until only recently.

It is impossible to dismiss "Laurence Anyways" as it signals the arrival of a potentially important filmmaker. The challenge one faces in truly enjoying the movie is that it is all just too much. Never quite surreal, but then never quite grounded enough to fully "swallow" -- this is a world that is only ever half formed. But a half of Dolan's world offers more than many other's full effort. It is a worthy but flawed film.
½ July 17, 2015
Intensa y cansada película que llega a retratarnos los verdaderos retos de las relaciones con nuestros allegados. Más fuerza cobran los actos cuando creemos que podemos obtener lo que queremos, es ahí donde la historia torna entre suspiros y sonrisas. Dolan demuestra siempre ser un maestro del conflicto interno reflejado en lo mundano.
June 17, 2015
After watching what is now labelled as my favourite film of all time, Mommy, I decided to have a look at Laurence Anyways. At nearly three hours, it's entirely too long, needlessly padded out with an intrusive interview-framing device. The excessive length of "Laurence Anyways" is a major concern. Three hours is a long time for any picture to work out its conflicts, yet this movie doesn't share anything that couldn't be solved in 90 minutes. 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. Stylistically, Dolan packs the proceedings with an eclectic and experimental - and occasionally pretentious - audio-visual palette that helps keep things lively even when the film bogs down in narrative excess. It's ambitious, sold with terrific cinematography that's committed to exquisite lighting, but the symbolism is crushing, trying too hard to communicate concepts the viewer already understands. It's an intriguing, oddly satisfying conceit - if only it didn't take so very long to get there. 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.

VERDICT: "In The Zone" - [Mixed Reaction] These kinds of movies are usually movies that had some good things, but some bad things kept it from being amazing. This rating says buy an ex-rental or a cheap price of the DVD to own. If you consider cinema, ask for people's opinion on the film. (Films that are rated 2.5 or 3 stars)
June 6, 2015
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March 20, 2015
Mostly stunning but overlong hyperdrama. Xavier Dolan takes risks and while not everything works, what does is spectacular. A truly original film that makes me want to see everything else he has done.
March 10, 2015
Una increíble historia (¿puede ser distinto con Dolan?) es el nuevo proyecto de este increíble director canadiense. Esta vez se trata de Laurence, un profesor de lenguaje que decide, de una vez por todas, asumir su transexualidad, transformándose de un día para otro en una versión femenina de si mismo. La potencia del guión decae un poco con el tiempo (quizás la duración es excesiva), pero estamos ante una historia notable con dos actuaciones que sobresalen de toda norma. Muy recomendable, como todo lo de este director.
½ March 1, 2015
A knockout trans epic, and frightening that it was realized by a then 23 year-old. A whole lot of movie that is dazzling, accomplished and heartfelt.
½ February 10, 2015
Xavier Dolan's feature on trans-sexuality is often formidable, but also over-long and disjointed. The filmmaker's transcendent sense for lighting and cinematography make the film perpetually entrancing, and his actors employ a similar rapport in their delivery. It's just Laurence Anyways ultimately succumbs to it's unwieldily length and doesn't end with the emotional punch it strives for, but it's doubtless another solid entry from one of art house cinema's most promising young talents.
January 9, 2015
Canadian cinema is underrated
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