Tangerine ★★★★

Sean Baker's cinema is one that sees the humanity in all individuals above any sense of injected characterization. His camera follows instead of insists upon itself and it creates a sense of verite within his work. This is only amplified by the fact that this is informed by iphone filters and attention to current technologies that people may use to document their real lives. This is what I find most impressive about Tangerine: it documents instead of dramatizing, and sees these people simply for who they are. There's no patting itself on the back for being a story about trans woman where trans women inhabit the roles, and there is no pretension in fabricating narrative tropes to make these and other characters products of previous cinema. This is cinema of the ground, of real life and of empathy.

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