2012. Canada. Xavier Dolan. 161 min.
Sunday, March 17, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2012. Canada. Directed by Xavier Dolan. Dolan's third feature is the vivid, highly orchestrated saga of Laurence and Fred, a bohemian couple living in Montreal. Their electric relationship is tested when Laurence confesses he is a woman trapped in a man's body. While Fred initially supports her partner's transformation, she succumbs to family and societal pressures and ends the affair. What ensues is the decade-long drama of a couple that cannot live together or survive apart. Laurence Anyways is the first of Dolan's films in which the director does not act. Rather, he focuses on guiding Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye, and Monia Chokri (some of whom appear in his first two films) in stunning performances that propel the gritty, textured storytelling that has become his signature. This searing meditation on gender, love, and self-fulfillment establishes Dolan as one of today's most exciting young auteurs. 161 min.