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Laurence Anyways – review

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Laurence Anyways â€" review

Melvyn Poupaud and Suzanne Clément are the lovers in Xavier Dolan's latest movie â€" a smug look at transsexuality

At just 23 years old, and with three well-regarded feature films under his belt, the Québécois writer-director Xavier Dolan is having a remarkable career. But I found his latest movie smug, insufferable and interminable. It goes on for ever without getting properly started: an epic of depthless self-indulgence. The movie showcases an unrewarding pop-video aesthetic, and a persistent narcissism and trance-like self-absorption. Melvyn Poupaud and Suzanne Clément are the lovers, Laurence and Fréderique, or Fred, and it's difficult to tell if they are weirdly miscast or misdirected. Probably a bit of both. Laurence one day reveals that he is transsexual, and wishes to dress and be treated as a woman, and for the next decade, Fred must come to terms with her complex feelings about this. Poupaud and Clement recite and smirk and shout the lines at each other, without ever seeming genuinely to care about the issues or the people.

Rating: 1/5

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