Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Transamerica (2005)

IMDb plot summary: A pre-operative male-to-female transsexual takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.
Directed by Duncan Tucker. Starring FElicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan, and Carrie Preston.

This is a great movie. One of those flicks that, even if there wasn't really anything happening, I was really drawn into the characters and wanted to see what would happen next. It avoids sentimentalizing the story or sensationalizing the characters -- something that almost certainly would have happened in a less impressive script or handled by a sloppy director. Felicity Huffman did an incredible job here (earning a much-deserved Best Actress nomination) but Kevin Zegers is good as well. It's one of those movies that's still kind of hard to articulately discuss because the emotional impact is still resonating. Definitely glad I got to see this one.

4.5 stars.

Flickchart: #331 out of 2232, below The Day the Earth Stood Still and above Anatomy of a Murder.

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