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Movie review: A long path to transgender life in 'Laurence Anyways'

Movie review: A long path to transgender life in 'Laurence Anyways'

"Laurence Anyways" is, at heart, an intimate story of love and transformation of the physical and emotional kind. That its now-24-year-old writer-director, Xavier Dolan, a looming sensation in his native Canada, chose to explore this unique tale in such epic, operatic fashion works for and against the film — and the filmmaker. At nearly three hours, it's by turns an extraordinary and exhausting work.

The story tracks the rocky, codependent relationship between Laurence (Melvil Poupaud), a handsome Montreal literature teacher finally ready, at 35, to live his life as a woman, and Frédérique, a.k.a. Fred (a riveting Suzanne Clément), an offbeat and...

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