The French language film made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival with Suzanne Clement winning a best actress award in the Un Certain Regard category. It also won the Queer Palm Award. “Laurence Anyways” centers on a romance between a young couple, and the tests that love faces when the man decides to transition into a woman.
Rob Nelson wrote in his review for Variety at Cannes: “Fully immodest and intermittently astonishing, Xavier Dolan’s epic melodrama ‘Laurence Anyways’ charts a male-to-female transsexual’s tumultuous relationship with a straight woman but stands to polarize more on the basis of its stylistic politics than its sexual ones. Indeed, the clearest achievement of Dolan’s typically self-indulgent eye-popper comes in equating its gender-bending protagonist’s metamorphoses with those in any relationship that lasts for years.”
The deal was negotiated between Breaking Glass Pictures’ CEO Rich Wolff and Victoire Thevenin for MK2.