Lushly romantic and daringly original, this third feature by writer-director Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother
) follows the ups and downs in the ten-year relationship between a Montreal film production manager (Suzanne Clement) and her lover, a heterosexual author and professor who one day announces he wants to become a woman (Melvil Poupaud). Identity construction as performance art is a recurring motif, as the title character develops a style that works on her chiseled frame, finds a simpatico band of cross-dressing antique dealers, and desperately tries not to lose the love of her life. Nathalie Baye plays Laurence's withholding mother, who may have rejected her son, but welcomes her newly minted daughter. In French with subtitles.
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Xavier Dolan's drama explores the fallout when a heterosexual man loves a woman—and is one.