March 18 – 29
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Run Time: 168 minutes
Laurence appears happy. He's a respected teacher and his lover Frederica (Fred for short) adores him. But Laurence isn't happy…as a man. Laurence tells Fred that he is a woman imprisoned in his body. Fred is devastated, but after the shock fades she makes a startling and unexpected decision: the two of them will make this journey together. That journey is the heart of this extraordinary film. LAURENCE ANYWAYS sets itself apart by devoting equal time to both Laurence and Fred. Laurence begins the terrifying process of stepping out as a woman-in-progress. Fred is also a woman in progress, supporting Laurence while facing the ridicule of her family and the world-at-large. With an exuberant and visually poetic style, LAURENCE ANYWAYS whirls about these stories. The film luxuriates in telling detail, and its a cast of memorable characters remind us how harshly the world judges those who think differently. Your heart will go with them as they stumble toward becoming the women they are meant to be. (In French with subtitles) – C.R.
Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye
Xavier Dolan was born in Quebec, Canada. As well as directing, he has acted in over a dozen films, written each film he has directed, and worked in editing, costume design, and production. He has been nominated twice for the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes.
"I Killed My Mother" (2009), "Heartbeats" (2010), LAURENCE ANYWAYS (2012)
Breaking Glass Pictures
This film is presented with the generous support of MIKE FLUELLEN