Experience great new international cinema at this monthly series showcasing the kinds of films you’ll see at The Loft Film Fest, coming in November, 2013!
This film is also a part of Reel Pride, The Loft's year-round celebration of the best in LGBT cinema, co-presented by SAAF!
The bold new film from celebrated director Xavier Dolan (Heartbeats)!
Winner! Queer Palm & Un Certain Regard, Best Actress, Cannes Film Festival 2012
“NYT Critics Pick! A big, beautiful, rambling immersion in a passion whose heat is fueled primarily by its impossibility.” – Jeanette Catsoulis, New York Times
“Both moving and dizzying to experience, Laurence Anyways is director Xavier Dolan's grandest statement yet.” – Kevin Jagernauth, Playlist
“Exhilarating … moving and romantic … it takes cojones for a filmmaker to chase Fassbinder's ghost, but it takes heart and talent to damn near catch up with it.” – Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
23-year-old writer/director Xavier Dolan (Heartbeats) returns to the screen with this strikingly provocative, boldly unconventional love story set in 1990s Montreal. A man, Laurence (Melvil Poupaud, Time to Leave), has just told his girlfriend, Fred (Suzanne Clément, I Killed My Mother), that he wants to become a woman. What follows is a tumultuous, decade-long odyssey during which the couple fights passionately to salvage their relationship. In spite of the odds and 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. At first, Fred believes they can continue being a couple as they always have. But as the reality of the situation emerges, their bond is tested in ways they never believed possible. A teacher, Laurence encounters problems at work, his family doesn’t readily accept his transition, and Fred questions whether he really is the same person she’s always loved. Propelled by exhilarating performances from Poupaud and Clément, Laurence Anyways is as epic visually as it is in scope, rendered with Dolan’s signature, swooning panache. A monumental tale about relationships and identity, this is a story of impossible love that once experienced, can never be fully relinquished. (Dir. by Xavier Dolan, 2012, Canada/France, in French with subtitles, 161 mins., Not Rated, Breaking Glass Pictures) Digital