- Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm
Another Cannes sensation and TIFF darling, Dolan’s third feature stars Laurence (Melvil Poupaud) and Fred (Suzanne Clément) as seemingly happy couple facing the upheavals of Laurence’s admission that he is trans and wishes to present as the woman he has always been. Although open to the idea at first, Fred yearns for a more normal life and Laurence seeks out her own community, and the relationship suffers as a result. A pregnant Fred leaves Laurence for a suburban man, and the two drift apart in artful sequences that follow the characters for 10 years – a parent and friends offer contrasting reactions, including a gnomic Jacob Tierney in a muse-like cameo. This tragic love story received polarizing reviews from both mainstream and trans-conscious critics: was it truly about a trans character (Dolan says not essentially), and was it acceptable to use a trans character as a pretext to rehash the eternal theme of ‘impossible love’? This mattered little to most critics, as the sweeping drama would win an acting Palme d’or for Clément and Queer Palm for Dolan (2012).