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If anything, it's a bold manifesto aimed at critics like me who have slagged the filmmaker off as all style and no substance.
New York Times:
[Mr. Dolan] perfectly evokes the violating effect of a stranger's scrutiny and the imponderable depths of a lover's gaze.
For all of its transgender drama, "Laurence Anyways" remains a love story, pure but not so simple.
A nearly three-hour epic, a melodrama writ large, and blessed with a young man's ambition.
It's all too much, really, including its 21/2-hour-plus running time. But it's also engrossing, an ultimately tender story of a transsexual's transformation over 10 years and its effect on him and the people around him.
A sumptuously orchestrated love story about a transsexual man's decade-long struggle to maintain a passionate romance with his female soulmate in the face of creeping hostility from friends, family and society.
Poupaud's quiet moments convey a lofty, poignant introspection, and Clement erupts with grand, if scattershot, furies.
Without belittling the challenges and prejudices Laurence faces, Dolan places her story into larger contexts, posing questions about conformity, heartbreak, love and self-fulfillment.
Farran Smith Nehme,
New York Post:
At nearly three hours, it's entirely too long, needlessly padded out with an intrusive interview-framing device.
[It] zeroes in on the impact of transgender on a relationship, and tries to understand what makes two people stay together or fall apart.
San Francisco Chronicle:
"Laurence Anyways" is a formidable display of French Canadian director Xavier Dolan's prodigious talents, but also a case study of a young talent still finding his way to greatness.He'll get there one day, soon, but this film doesn't quite do it.
Globe and Mail:
A well-acted drama about two anguished lovers struggling with their own flaws and an unjust society.
The story just doesn't have the heft that its 161-minute running time implies. It's about an hour longer than the story requires, even for one that spans decades.
Forgive this film its marvelous moodiness-someone needs to go there once in a while.