|Poster for Laurence Anyways|
Laurence, the protagonist, is transsexual at heart, and finally comes to the conclusion that she can no longer live as he, and wants to come out as a woman.
"I'm not gay," Laurence explains to his girl friend Fred. "It's not that I like men, I'm just not made to be one."
This is not primarily -- or only -- a film about being transsexual. The main focus of the story is the relationship between Laurence and her girl friend Fred, and how the two of them tackle the upheaval of Laurence finding herself.
This is a truly a love story. Fred tries hard to adapt to the new life of the person that she deeply loves.
But this is not a love story of the pink poster Hollywood type. It becomes extremely hard for the two of them to make their love story fit the script the people around them are used to and expect.
It is not a secret that a significant percentage of marriages and love partnerships ends when one of the two transitions. This is a story about the kind of challenges such couples meet and what these challenges do to them.
|Melvil Pupaud plays Laurence|
Here you have an homosexual man making a movie about a gynephilic transsexual woman, who befriends a group of gay drag queens.
Needless to say, Dolan doesn't give a damn about the script written by Ray Blanchard and his crew. I mean that in a good way!
The fact that the movie is made by a gay man may explain, a couple of the few unexpected elements in the movie.