Tangerine ★★★★

About midway through Tangerine, a cab driver (Karren Karagulian) pulls into a car wash with Alexandra (Mya Taylor), one of the transgender prostitutes he regularly hires for brief, sexual encounters during his shifts. The ensuing single take – captured, as the entire film is, by a mobile phone adapted with a widescreen lens – is a stunner. We watch from the back seat as the narrowed daylight transforms the pair into silhouettes; meanwhile, beyond their figures, the colors of the machinery are filtered through the prism of water on the windshield. There is humor (will the cabbie “finish” in time?), tawdriness and a strange, persistent beauty – which is a good way of describing Tangerine altogether.

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