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Laurence Anyways (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 28 June 2013 (USA)
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A drama that charts ten years in a transgender woman's relationship with her lover.

Director:

Xavier Dolan

Writers:

Xavier Dolan (story), Xavier Dolan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melvil Poupaud ... Laurence Alia
Suzanne Clément ... Fred Bellair
Nathalie Baye ... Julienne Alia
Monia Chokri ... Stéfanie Bellair
Susan Almgren Susan Almgren ... Journaliste (as Susie Almgren)
Yves Jacques ... Michel Lafortune
Sophie Faucher ... Andrée Bellair
Magalie Lépine Blondeau ... Charlotte (as Magalie Lépine-Blondeau)
Catherine Bégin ... Mamy Rose
Emmanuel Schwartz ... Baby Rose
Jacques Lavallée ... Dada Rose
Perrette Souplex Perrette Souplex ... Tatie Rose
Patricia Tulasne Patricia Tulasne ... Shookie Rose
David Savard David Savard ... Albert
Monique Spaziani ... Francine
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Storyline

The movie highlights ten years in the life of a literature teacher named Laurence who transforms himself into a woman after years of concealing his feelings. Her tremulous relationship with her family is further complicated by revealing herself to them while she struggles to find comfort with her significant other Frédérique. Though others may not initially accept or understand Laurence in her true form, those who knew her before her transformation still know her as Laurence, anyways. Written by ~mEp

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Canada | France

Language:

French | English | Latin

Release Date:

28 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Laurence Anyways e il desiderio di una donna... See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$399,784
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2015, this is Xavier Dolan's longest film, being almost three hours long. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
[English subtitled version]
Laurence Alia: [showing her a metal pin] Excuse me, miss. This may sound a little stupid, but... the guys over there made this. If you take it, I'll get $20.
Fred Bellair: [taking and looking at the pin] What is it? Some kind of cloud?
Laurence Alia: [laughing under his breath] No, it's a butterfly. But the fact you think it's a cloud minimizes my pleasure.
Fred Bellair: You just made twenty bucks.
Laurence Alia: Okay, here's the deal. $10 for gas, and $10 to buy you a drink after wrap. Hm? Deal?
Fred Bellair: [...]
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Symphony no. 4 in E minor, op. 98
Written by Johannes Brahms
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Fantastic movie, let's get started
11 February 2013 | by chris_wingSee all my reviews

I finally watched Laurence Anyways & was not disappointed. The story had truth dripping from every fiber. I'm just blown away by the whole production. Some visually breathtaking scenes that create absolute magic are just the icing on the cake, top notch all the way. The acting was powerful & spot on, not once did I see the actors and not the characters. I'm not familiar with the director but based off of this movie I'm intrigued to look a little deeper.

Laurence Anyways should be destined to become a cult classic once it finds a wider audience, and not just in the gay/trans-gendered community. Calling it a potential cult classic doesn't do it justice though as it has the values of an Oscar contender in my opinion. If the story sounds in the least but interesting to you, you would be doing yourself a huge disservice to let this one pass you by. It's long at over two and a half hours but doesn't drag, it's one of those movies that you hope will never end.

Is this movie Canadian? The credits would suggest so, if it is it's the best Canadian movie I've ever scene (I'm Canadian & have seen more then a few). Don't let that sound like personal bias as I went in not knowing anything about it's production. If this movie doesn't (or hasn't) won awards then there is no justice in the world of cinema.


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