Laurence is a teacher and a poet while Fred works in the film industry, behind the scenes.
One day, after a having a 'normal' relationship for a long time Laurence announces he's 'going to die.' After a big uproar, it is determined that he isn't dying, but he does want to be a woman.
Fred is obviously very taken aback and leaves. But, she loves Laurence and comes back. Fred announces that she wants to 'do this together.' Like they were painting the house or something.
The couple set out on the road to make Laurence a woman. Clothing is chosen, hair is removed, attitudes are adjusted and finally a wig is given as a gift. Laurence, who was a good-looking man, is not a bad looking woman.
Now, the worst day in Laurence's life is upon him. He must go to school and stand in front of his students for the first time, as a woman. From this day forward, Laurence lives his life as a woman.
If it was just that simple. But, it isn't; there are friends to deal with, jobs lost, Fred lost and found and lost. Just when it seems that all the hurdles are jumped, time to show mom the new Laurence. Mom's temperature must be 20 degrees below zero. She is mean, rude and insulting. Dad, didn't bother talking to his new daughter at all.
Present day, Laurence has been living as a woman for almost ten years. He has adjusted fairly well, (if you don't count the fact that he is still in love with Fred). His is living with another woman.
In the meantime, Fred has moved on. She is married and has a small child, a boy. She too is always thinking of Laurence. They have one more fling and then it's pretty much over.
There are a few surprises near the end, but you will have to watch the film to catch them.
Filmmaker Xavier Dolan has done a beautiful job bringing these characters to life. "Laurence Anyways"gives an enlightened glimpse into lives changed forever by having a transsexual friend or family member.
A fresh film that is very enjoyable with some truly laugh out loud moments.
"Laurence Always" is in French with English subtitles. This film will hit DVD shelves on Oct. 8, 2013.
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