Laurence Anyways (2012)



Directer:Xavier Dolan  Producer:Nathanaël Karmitz, Lyse Lafontaine Writter:Xavier Dolan  Music:Noia  Cinematography:Yves Bélanger  Editor:Xavier Dolan Running time:168 min   Country:Canada  Language:French Genre:Drama, Romance   Subtitle: English
Melvil Poupaud as Laurence Alia, Suzanne Clément as Fred Belair,
Nathalie Baye as Julienne Alia
, Monia Chokri as Stéfie Belair, Susie Almgren as Journalist,
Yves Jacques as Michel Lafortune
, Sophie Faucher as Andrée Belair,
Magalie Lépine-Blondeau as Charlotte
, David Savard as Albert, Catherine Bégin as Mama Rose,
Emmanuel Schwartz as Baby Rose
, Jacques Lavallée as Dada Rose,
Perette Souplex as Tatie Rose
, Patricia Tulasne as Shookie Rose








ҧ:7 wins & 6 nominations.

Cabourg Romantic Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Won Award of the Youth Xavier Dolan 
Golden Swann Grand Prix
Xavier Dolan 
Cannes Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Won Queer Palm Xavier Dolan 
Un Certain Regard - Best Actress Suzanne Clément 
Nominated Un Certain Regard Award Xavier Dolan 
Genie Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2013 Nominated Canadian Screen Award Best Motion Picture
Lyse Lafontaine 
Guldbagge Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2013 Nominated Guldbagge Best Foreign Film (Bästa utländska film)
Xavier Dolan (director) 
Hamburg Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Won Art Cinema Award Xavier Dolan 
Xavier Dolan (director) 
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Nominated Best North American Independent Film Xavier Dolan 
Toronto International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2012 Won Best Canadian Feature Film Xavier Dolan 
Vancouver Film Critics Circle
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2013 Nominated VFCC Award Best Actor in a Canadian Film
Melvil Poupaud 
Best Actress in a Canadian Film
Suzanne Clément 

Laurence Anyways is a 2012 Canadian drama film written and directed by Xavier Dolan. The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where Suzanne Clément won the Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress. The film was also awarded with the Queer Palm Award at the festival.

At the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, the film won the award for Best Canadian Feature Film.The film is also a nominee for Best Picture at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards.

The story of an impossible love between Fred, a woman, and Laurence, a man who reveals his inner desire to become his true self: a woman. Set during the late 1980s and early 1990s, the story spans a decade, chronicling the doomed love of Fred and Laurence, as well as the trials and tribulations that they face.

The film begins by introducing Laurence, an average 30-year-old man, who is an award winning novelist and literature teacher in Montréal. He is very much in love with his girlfriend, the fiery and passionate Frederique. On the day of his birthday, he reveals to Fred his biggest secret; he has felt for his entire life that he was born in the wrong body and says that he has been living a lie for so many years. He wishes to rectify his situation and restart his life as a woman. Fred accuses him of being gay, and takes the news very hard. They separate for a short time, but she arrives at the conclusion, much to the chagrin of her mother and sister, that she must be there for Laurence. Their romance resumes and she becomes her biggest supporter. She teaches her how to do her makeup and buys him a wig. She urges Laurence to dress as her true self, in female clothing. She shows up to work one day in a dress. All seemingly goes well until Laurence is released from her position at the school due to the negative reception of her transformation. Fred falls into a state of depression and eventually leaves Laurence and moves away. She marries another man, Albert, and has a son named Leo.

Laurence, although living with another woman named Charlotte with whom she is romantic, is still deeply in love with Fred. She stalks her regularly, often driving and parking outside of her house in Three-Rivers. After publishing her book of poems, she sends a copy to Fred, who decodes the secret message within meant for her. She contacts her, and the two meet and run away to the Isle of Black. However, the romantic getaway turns sour and the two argue. It is revealed that Fred was pregnant when Laurence revealed her true identity, and Fred had an abortion. Fred''s husband learns her whereabouts from Charlotte and Fred''s relationship and life with him is shattered. Laurence leaves Fred in the night and the two do not speak for several years. Whilst being interviewed for her biography, the interviewer inquires about Fred, after having listened to her story. She admits that she had recently reconnected with Fred, newly divorced, however their meeting did not go well. She tells the interviewer that she has chosen to age as a woman.

The final scene shows the circumstances under which Fred and Laurence had initially met, on a commercial set, Laurence having been bet to talk to Fred.