- Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye, Monia Chokri, Susie Almgren, Yves Jacques, Sophie Faucher, Magalie Lépine-Blondeau, Catherine Bégin, Emmanuel Schwartz, Jacques Lavallée, Perrette Souplex, Patricia Tulasne, David Savard, Monique Spaziani, Denise Filiatrault, Violette Chauveau, Mylène Jampanoï, Jacob Tierney, Gilles Renaud, Patrice Coquereau, Anne-Élisabeth Bossé, Anne Dorval, Pierre Chagnon, Éric Bruneau, Alexis Lefebvre, Denys Paris, Vincent Davy, Vincent Plouffe, Manuel Tadros, Alexandre Goyette
- Director: Xavier Dolan
- Writer: Xavier Dolan
- Producers: Charles Gillibert, Nathanaël Karmitz, Lyse Lafontaine
- Co Producer: Rémi Burah
- Executive Producers: Xavier Dolan, Gus Van Sant
- Art Direction: Colombe Raby
- Casting: Helene Rousse
- Costume Design: Xavier Dolan
- D.O.P.: Yves Bélanger
- Editor: Xavier Dolan
- Makeup: Colleen Quinton
- Music: Noia
- Set Decoration: Pascale Deschênes
In the 90s, Laurence tells his girlfriend Fred that he wants to become a woman. In spite of the odds, in spite of each other, they confront the prejudices of their friends, ignore the council of their families, and brave the phobias of the society they offend. For 10 years, they try to live through this transition, and embark on an epic journey which, unbeknownst to them, may cost Fred and Laurence themselves and each other
- Aspect Ratio: Other
- Filming Locations: Colorado, USA; Miami, Florida; Montreal, Canada; Paris, France
- Production Companies: Lyla Films, MK2 Productions
- Production Schedule: February 2011 - 12 April 2011
2013 Guide Analysis: "He's only 23, yet Canadian prodigy Xavier Dolan has already starred in several films and is in the midst of directing a fourth one coming later this year. Before that though comes this romantic drama, a less autobiographical work than his first two. Despite reviews being slightly more mixed than they were for his widely praised earlier films, 'Laurence' still managed to win the Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, along with Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto Film Festival a few months later.
While shooting "I Killed My Mother," Dolan was inspired by a costume designer's story about her relationship with a transsexual. So came this $6.5 million feature funded by both French investors and even some online crowd sourcing. Dolan himself is not starring in front of the camera this time, rather scoring French talents Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clément for the key roles.
Set in 1989 and spanning a decade, the story follows the impact on a love affair between an award-winning male novelist and his fiery and passionate girlfriend when the author decides to have a sex change. The relationship falls apart, resumes, falls apart again, and further shocking secrets are revealed. Clocking in at a little under three hours, the most common complaint in reviews was the needlessly long runtime and a certain amount of mannered self-consciousness. Yet, almost all praised the performances, confident direction, and excellent score."