Laurence Anyways, film review

“Going into Laurence Anyways, I hoped it wouldn’t be a laundry list of transgender issues. Not because we shouldn’t deal with them, but because we won’t until they’re sold to us as non-issues. I’m not giving anything away by saying Laurence Anyways is about a transgender woman. And though that element is central to the story, writer and director Xavier Dolan trusts us to assume that transwoman Laurence (Melvil Poupaud) will face discrimination. So rather than linger on inevitabilities, Laurence Anyways instead zeroes in on the impact of transgender on a relationship, and tries to understand what makes two people stay together or fall apart.”

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