Laurence Anyways

Tuesday, April 25
4pm & 7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Dir. Xavier Dolan, 2012, France, Canada, 159 min, DCP, color
With Nathalie Baye, Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clément, Monia Chokri
In Quebec French with English subtitles

Winner Queer Palm and Best actress, 2012 Cannes International Film Festival
Nominee for Best Foreign Film, 2013 César Awards
Winner Best Canadian Feature Film, 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Hailed by critics upon it’s 2013 release, Laurence Anyways is the story of Laurence (Melvil Poupaud) and Fred (Suzanne Clément), a couple living in 1990s Quebec. The film documents 10 years of the couple’s life, together and apart, as they’re confronted with people’s prejudices and phobias in response of Laurence’s choice to live his life as a woman.

“(…) in the film’s marvelous opening sequence — he perfectly evokes the violating effect of a stranger’s scrutiny and the imponderable depths of a lover’s gaze.” – New York Times

“Poupaud’s quiet moments convey a lofty, poignant introspection, and Clement erupts with grand, if scattershot, furies.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker