DIFF 2013 Film Review: Laurence Anyways. Visually delicious,…the camera loves and devours the entire cast

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By: Mut “whom else”Asheru

Yeah. So we totally loved this film. Over 2.5 hours long and we remained engaged and enthralled from beginning to end. LAURENCE ANYWAYS directed by Xavier Dolan is visually delicious. The camera loves and devours the entire cast in a richness that is truly stunning.

The films tagline is “Will the woman he loves, love the woman he wants to be?” eh? If that’s not enough to catch your attention…well it was for us anyhow.

In the 90s, Laurence (Melvile Poupaud) tells his girlfriend Fred (Suzanne Clement) that he wants to become a woman. 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. For 10 years, they try to live through this transition, and embark on an epic journey which, unbeknownst to them, may cost Fred and Laurence themselves and each other.

The film does not end on a happy note (as defined by me) despite my sincerest wish to see Laurence and Fred together. But it does end on a completely authentic note which is just as satisfying. One cannot help but be totatlly vested in Laurence and Fred as the Poupaud and Clement pour their hearts and souls into these characters. Poupaud masterfully warms up his scenes with an internal angst anchored in an outward stoicism that is extraordinary.

Canadian film director Dolan turns in some pretty stylish and lavish but for me where he shines is in his costume design. I could actually feel what it is “to be different” by taking in the characters clothes. LAURENCE ANYWAYS is a cinematic gem that will resonate with you for a long time…if not forever.

LAURENCE ANYWAYS  can be seen at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival happening now through April 14. For more info go to www.dallasfilm.org

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