The folks over at IonCinema have dug up the first images from Xavier Dolan's "Laurence Anyways." The young Canadian director is already a fave of the French set with “J'ai Tue Ma Mere” becoming a sensation of the Director’s Fortnight, and “Les amours imaginaires” (“Heartbeats”) playing Un Certain Regard in 2010, but his latest finds him sitting firmly in the director's chair without taking a starring role. Instead, Melvil Poupad, Nathalie Baye, Suzanne Clement and Monia Chokri star in the tale set in 1989, centering on Laurence (Poupaud) who reveals on his 30th birthday his secret desire of becoming a woman. His girlfriend is shocked, but agrees to stay by his side, and the next year Laurence goes back to working as a professor where he teaches literature -- only this time as a woman. A new life begins, but the weight of social stigma, family rejection and the incompatibility within the couple becomes toxic.
This is pretty heavy stuff for the filmmaker, who has already tackled complex relationships, but there are few directors Dolan's age who as bold and daring, so we'll be curious to see where he takes this one. No release dates yet, but we're betting we'll once again see Dolan on the red carpet.