Laurence Anyways is a lavishly costumed (OTT 1980s) look at love, romance and identity. In this case, a ten year relationship between Laurence (Melvil Poupaud) and Frederique (Suzanne Clement), during which Laurence comes out as a transsexual. Fiery, funny and unafraid to show character flaws, I loved this film, but do think that 160ish minutes was a touch too long. Exquisitely shot, with strong visuals balanced by a brilliant soundtrack (featuring Visage, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Satie, and Craig Armstrong). Can’t wait to see more by Xavier Dolan, who, at 20something, has already had three films at Cannes. This one has touches of Pedro Almodovar, which is no bad thing. Look out for Nathalie Baye, as Julia AKA Laurence’s mother, and Yves Jacques as Michel, his supervisor. The entire Rose family, of course, are delightful to watch. An epic story, which won the Queer Palm, Best Canadian Feature Film, and an Un Certain Regard Best Actress Award for Suzanne Clement.