In the 90s, Laurence tells his girlfriend that he wants to become a woman. Over ten years, in spite of the odds, in spite of each other, they confront the prejudices of their friends, ignore the council of their families, and brave the phobias of the society they offend.
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I must admit that I found this film pretty extraordinary. The fact that it never once felt overtly manipulative and at the same time incredibly personal was wonderful. It was also incredibly visually lush with great moments of surrealism, great acting and a story that didn't bore me once for it's immense running time. The characters felt very real. I can't wait to see more by this guy. Hope it's as good as this.
We need more young filmmakers like Dolan. This movie is fresh and inspiring. It takes you on a Journey to Laurence's transformation physically, mentally and emotionally and showcases Fred's bewildered state. A movie definitely worth watching.
This is not a movie about a couple's journey into the transgender issue. Well, actually it is. But also, this is a visual experience of color, composition, clothing, setting, lights and sound from Xavier Dolan, and let's face it, it's completely successful and breathtaking. Laurence anyways, Dolan anytime.
This felt sort of epic if only a little too long. The music selection was top notch as well as the performances by the two leading actors, Clément was incredible in that restaurant scene which I found absolutely mesmerizing. It's admirable that Dolan is able to pull off a movie like this being only 23 years old. It's very strong, visually speaking, and I'm a sucker for failed love stories so the end was nice too.
Generally, movies about transgender people don't contain an once of authenticity and are movie just masturbatory displays on "oh hey, I'm different"... this is the exception (along with In The Year of 13 Moons). Everything is so fucking well orchestrated that it actually serves the running time! I didn't mind sitting with this characters for almost three hours! I can't wait so see the director's other movies!
Xavier Dolan finally moves away from the inspirations of Wong Kar Wai and Pedro Almodovar to craft a film that is vibrantly, thrillingly his own. Spanning 10 years, LAURENCE ANYWAYS follows a man who reveals to his wife that he is transgendered and wants to transition into a woman, and the love story that continues on for them despite giant obstacles. A deeply moving and personal tale of uncommon love.
Was debating between 4/5 and 5/5. It was a 4.5/5 but I love Xavier so I just gave it a 5 :P This movie kept my attention for 2h45m with relative ease. Great performances all around, nothing felt forced. Art Direction was solid with good period details/costumes and the cinematography was beautiful. Well done, XD! You did it again!