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Laurence Anyways

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Canada, France · 2012
Rated PG-13 · 2h 48m
Director Xavier Dolan
Starring Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye, Monia Chokri
Genre Drama, Romance

The story of an impossible love between a woman named Fred and a transgender woman named Laurence who reveals her inner desire to become her true self: a woman.

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The Hollywood Reporter by

Even if the story grates in places, Laurence Anyways is perfectly enjoyable as an immersive orgy of pure sensory pleasure.


Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

It takes cojones for a filmmaker to chase Fassbinder's ghost, but it takes heart and talent to damn near catch up with it.


Empire by David Hughes

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.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

The movie contains an epic scope that feels out of sync with the smallness of its plot; you get the idea by the first act and then Laurence's world simply hangs there for another two hours like a slo-mo shrug.


Total Film by James Mottram

Dolan never flinches across this bold, brassy piece; it’s confidently directed, stylishly shot, passionately acted and evocatively scored.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Liam Lacey

In a contest between passion and pretension, Laurence Anyways reaches a kind of draw. What holds up here isn’t Dolan’s overly decorative filmmaking, but what he gets from his performers.


Variety by Rob Nelson

The clearest achievement of Dolan’s typically self-indulgent eye-popper comes in equating its gender-bending protagonist’s metamorphoses with those in any relationship that lasts for years.

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