Much like his two previous films "I Killed My Mother" and "Heartbeats," Dolan's "Laurence Anyways" also centers around a complicated relationship, yet this film deals with gender identity. Laurence, played by Melvil Poupard ("Broken English"), is a French teacher who after his 35th birthday tells his fiance Frederique, played by Suzanne Clement ("I Killed My Mother"), that he wants to become a woman.
"For Laurence, what he comes to realize is that transgendered issues are one of the last taboos," Dolan told us in an interview last September. The film follows the couple over the span of a decade starting in 1989, what Dolan described as "the ideal birthing ground for a film about sex." Dolan said that he hopes the film's 12-year-long narrative will make audiences contemplate how much has changed for the transgender community, if much at all.