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Laurence Anyways review

Xavier Dolan's latest film a Montreal melodrama with its heart on its sleeve

A move you might imagine Pedro Almodóvar making in his early days, Xavier Dolan’s third feature is a Montreal melodrama with its heart on its sleeve.

A decade-long saga beginning in the late ’80s, its title character (Melvil Poupaud) is a transsexual male having an affair with Frederique (Suzanne Clément), who struggles with the idea that her man wants to be a woman.

Dolan never flinches across this bold, brassy piece; it’s confidently directed, stylishly shot, passionately acted and evocatively scored.

And it’s got the best ’80s hairstyles since The Wedding Singer .

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James Mottram

James Mottram is a freelance film journalist, author of books that dive deep into films like Die Hard and Tenet, and a regular guest on the Total Film podcast. You'll find his writings on GamesRadar+ and Total Film, and in newspapers and magazines from across the world like The Times, The Independent, The i, Metro, The National, Marie Claire, and MindFood.