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Laurence Anyways
dir. Xavier Dolan / Canada, France 2012 / 159’
subtitles: Polish and English

Cast

Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clément, Monia Chokri, Nathalie Baye, Sophie Faucher

awards

Cannes IFF 2012 – Best Actress

Film description

Laurence and Fred do whatever they can to avoid saying, I love you outright – from hurting each other, resorting to histrionics, and slinging the arrows of words that cut to the quick. They suffer joint and severally – Laurence cannot define his gender, Fred easily submits to sentiment to drown out his true longings. Director Xavier Dolan examines their romantic game strewn with disappointments and non-fulfillment as played out over the years, and carefully catches tiny touches of beauty and bashful bats of the heart. He weaves these glances, caresses and gestures into a sensually juicy film draped with gorgeous costumes, rocking with seductive music and framed in color-saturated shots – as we’ve come to expect from this Canadian director.

Prepared by: Urszula Lipińska

Information about director

Xavier Dolan

Canadian director Xavier Dolan (born in 1989) is the son of teacher Geneviève Dolan and actor Manuela Tadros. He first appeared in film at age 5, in the Jean Beaudin film Miséricorde, followed by roles in J’en suis! and La Forteresse suspendue. Dolan’s career took off when his film I Killed My Mother garnered three awards in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 2009 Cannes IFF. His prior film, Heartbeats, screened at the 10th NH IFF.

Filmpography

2009 Zabiłem moją matkę / J’ai tué ma mère / I Killed My Mother

2010 Wyśnione miłości / Les amours imaginaires / Heartbeats

2012 Na zawsze Laurence / Laurence Anyways

Prepared by: Urszula Lipińska

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director: Xavier Dolan
screenplay: Xavier Dolan
cinematography: Yves Bélanger
editing: Xavier Dolan
music: Noia
cast: Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clément, Monia Chokri, Nathalie Baye, Sophie Faucher
producer: Nathanaël Karmitz, Lyse Lafontaine, Carole Mondello
production: Lyla Films, MK2 Productions
Polish distributor: Spectator
awards: Cannes IFF 2012 – Best Actress
language: French
colouration: colour
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