Laurence Anyways (2012)
Director: Xavier Dolan
Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Emmanuel Schwartz, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye
The youngest filmmaker doing the most for the LGBT community? Xavier Dolan. The 24-year-old Canadian phenom has put out four critically acclaimed films—I Killed My Mother (2009), Heartbeats (2010), Laurence Anyways (2012), and Tom at the Farm (2013)—all with themes that focus on homosexuality and self-discovery.
Each of his movies deserves a watch, but if you only have time for one, make it Laurence Anyways. Set in the 1990s, the film follows Laurence, a happily coupled up French teacher, who confesses to his fiance, an adrogynously nicknamed woman Fred, his desires to surgically become a woman. The film isn't only about accepting love in all its forms, but also the importance of being comfortable in one's own skin, whatever it takes. —TA