Friday, December 27, 2013

Laurence Anyways (Canada, 2013)

Nine Things About the Movie Laurence Anyways

1. This is a bittersweet, whimsical romantic drama about a high school teacher, Laurence, and his girlfriend. When Laurence tells her that he is a woman trapped in a man's body, the couple struggle to figure out what their relationship means.

2. The movie handles the subject of being transgender with an even hand, without getting hysterical or exploitative. 

3. It does a good job of explaining that being transgender isn't the same as being gay.

4. Given the struggles of transgender people for understanding and acceptance, there are scenes of discrimination and pain. We see the fallout with his girlfriend, his family, and his job. 

5. But this isn't a pity party movie. It's strong and sensitive and even joyous, sometimes. And it's a realistic look at the pressures on a relationship when someone switches genders.

6. The movies shows the fluid nature of love and sexuality - and makes you think about what it means when you fall in love with somebody.

7. Visually, the movie sometimes leaves reality and reaches into the fantastic, and becomes a sort of visual poetry. 

8. The movie is three hours long, which is a little too long. It drags some things out longer than necessary.

8. Despite the length of the film, this is a charming tragedy about difficult life circumstances.