Forget Xavier Dolan‘s age, forget the charges of overindulgence or reckless ambition and even forget the subject matter, a transgender relationship chronicled across a full decade. If you’re looking for one of the most powerful and moving love stories you’ll see all year, carve out some time and track down “Laurence Anyways.” The third film from the Canadian director is a knock-out, that may overreach, but hits peaks and heights of true emotion that few films ever do and today we’ve got a little sample for you.
Below, you’ll get an exclusive look at two-and-a-half minutes from the opening sequence of the film, in which Laurence (Melvil Poupad) endures the interrogating, questioning eyes of complete strangers to walk down the street as the woman he always believes in his heart he was meant to be. And the movie tells a beautiful story of his decision to live out, the ramifications it has on his girlfriend Fred (Suzanne Clement) and how they cope as their journeys take them on separate paths. As we wrote in our review it’s “Dolan’s remarkably astute and observational eye on how a relationship between two people can evolve, deteriorate, rebuild and implode over time, that makes [the film] relatable and universal.” And it’s also unique and unlike anything else you’ll see anytime soon.
So check that out below, followed by the full list and samples from the soundtrack, which leans heavily on the ’90s (which is the era the film is set in) and features some Quebecois pop songs that lend an air of authenticity to the Montreal set film. “Laurence Anyways” is now playing in limited release.
Fever Ray “If I Had A Heart”
Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes”
The Cure “The Funeral Party”
Marie-Denise Pelletier “Tous les cris les S.O.S.”
Sergei Prokofiev “Montagues & Capulets”
Diane Dufresne “Oxygene”
Johannes Brahms “Symphony no4 IV”
Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky “Solemn Overture 1812”
Headman “Moisture (Headman Club Mix)”
Jean Leloup “1900”
Ludwig Van Beethoven “Symphony no5 I”
Duran Duran “The Chauffeur”
Depeche Mode “Enjoy The Silence”
Julie Masse “C’est Zero”
Mitsou “Quel est l’enfant”
Patricia Tulasne “Ni trop tôt, ni trop tard”
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi “The Four Seasons – Summer I”
Moderat “A New Error”
Celine Dion “Pour que tu m’aimes encore”
Stuart A. Staples “Already Gone”
Erik Satie “7eme Gnossienne”
Luce Dufault “Les soirs de scotch”
Craig Armstrong “Let’s Go Out Tonight”
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