‘Laurence Anyways’ / ‘The Dreamers’

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Quebec’s most divisive new director of the last few years, as well as one of its most prominent, Xavier Dolan has already produced three features, each of which have played at Cannes. His latest, Laurence Anyways, is a hugely ambitious undertaking, spanning a decade and running well past two and a half hours. Ricky, Justine and Simon try to suss out whether or not his efforts paid off. Then, we kick off a new marathon, in which every week we’ll tackle a film set in or around May ’68 in France, inspired by the social unrest currently brewing in SOS’s home province. This week, the subject is Bernardo Bertolucci’s incestastic The Dreamers.



Depeche Mode – “Enjoy the Silence”
The Cure – “The Funeral Party”
Visage – “Fade to Grey”
Edith Piaf – “Non, je ne regrette rien”

  1. Ricky says

    Hey Mario,

    I watched it again since, and I liked it a lot more the second time. Grant it, the film still made my list of best films of the year, but the second viewing was smoother. I was able to look past the moments that didn’t quite work. All in all, I don’t really have a change of heart with the review. I still think he needs an editor. I think this could have been a masterpiece, had he not taken on so many duties.

  2. Mario in Philly says

    I FINALLY got to see Laurence Anyways over the weekend and just finished re-listening to the podcast (#321.) I remembered listening to it but didn’t realize it was over a year ago! But the one thing that I always remembered from the podcast was that you all thought the film was great until the Christmas scene, so I was looking to that and I have to agree with you. But I kept watching.
    I also agree with Ricky in that Laurence doesn’t change much if at all after taking the hormones. The only thing that changed was the length of his hair.
    I was thinking that the film begins in the late 1980’s so that Laurence would have a more difficult struggle because transgendered people were still considered mentally ill by the American Psychiatric Association. Wasn’t this why he lost his job?
    Yes, there are lots of visually “magical, mystical moments” and I loved them all.
    I’ve always liked Melvil Poupaud (he’s so cute!) but Suzanne Clément was terrific! And it was great to see Nathalie Baye. I don’t think if I would have liked Louis Garrel in the role of Laurence. But I’ll never know that for sure.
    Anyways, the film is worth watching and then following up with the great discussion on this podcast. This combination makes for a meaningful film experience.

    PS: And I always care how you are doing! :-)

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