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.
A vibrant and baroque melodrama circling relationships, gender and love. Xavier Dolan, Canada’s resident enfant terrible, with his third film and its unyielding commitment to its central characters’ transition and plight, made perhaps his most accomplished and thematically rich film yet.
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 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!
Dolan needs to keep working on making something that doesn't have about twenty music videos too many that completely depart from the magnificent story of a relationship being told. I truly appreciate the fact that he cares about his characters, and that we have a movie that focuses on a trans woman as its lead, but the eccentricities and flaws just started pouring in after the first stellar hour.