Film buff in training with a long way to go. Dolly zoom and jumpcut enthusiast.
This felt like it was just a small excerpt of a longer conversation intended for a longer film, which definitely is why the viewing experience was really odd. It ends before it even starts. The direction from Dunye is of course very compelling but I got nothing out of this to be totally honest.
It’s absolutely beautiful to see the trans experience before the Gay Liberation movement really took off. It puts transphobia to the side in favor of living life authentically, and I adore this film for that. It’s pretty hard to give this a number score, so… 7? I guess? The direction isn’t great, but good enough to capture the events. Anyways, this is so great, check it out, it’s on YouTube I think.
I got a lot of French New Wave vibes from this, in all of the drawn out philosophical monologues from both characters, and it especially reminded me of Breathless, which is in my top 10, so this was absolutely my shit. Ethan Hawke gives a performance damn near as charming as Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Julie Denpy is amazing as well. It made me feel really lonely and miserable at the end but it’s still mind blowing how this movie is so good. (Also I wanted to start 2021 hot and I set the bar very high with this one!)