Saturday, January 10, 2015
Laurence Anyways (2012)
IMDb plot summary: A drama that charts ten years in the relationship of a male-to-female transsexual's relationship with her lover.
Directed by Xavier Dolan. Starring Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye, and Monia Chokri.
(Some mild spoilers about the ending.)
There's obviously something very special about this movie. Some of the scenes are hauntingly beautiful and by the end I found myself captivated by the story. As it ends the movie showing how Laurence and Fred first met, it was such a lovely, perfect ending that it took my breath away a little.
That being said, it was a bit of a rocky journey to get there. This movie is nearly 3 hours long (and it feels it), and there were bits of surrealism scattered throughout that were very jarring. They were infrequent enough that they felt out-of-place and just... wrong.
There were probably fewer great moments overall, but the ones that were there saved the movie. So while it's not perfect, there was enough to redeem it for me. I suspect most people will either like it a lot more or a lot less than I did.
Flickchart: #686 out of 2294, below Ninotchka and above Celeste and Jesse Forever.