A Fantastic Woman

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Sebastián Lelio’s extraordinary wonderful new movie gets to the very core of Chilean society’s inbred homophobia and transphobia that threatens the very existence of Marina  (Daniela Vega) the protagonist simply because they resent the very fact that she had been the light of her dead lover’s life.  The movie opens with 57-year-old Orlando (Francisco Reyes) getting ready … Continue reading



Carl(a)

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The refreshing element of the slow but steady flow of movies dealing with transgender issues that have been emerging this year has been how they deal with a fresh reality that is so far removed from the over-hyped debut of Caitlyn Jenner.  Following on the heels on the exuberant “Tangerine” that may even make Oscar … Continue reading




Close Knit

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Japanese writer/director Naoko Ogigami’s latest movie is a delightfully sensitive family story that puts a refreshing slant on the continuing dialogue about the transgender community that is the focus of more and more films these days. 11 year old Tomo (an enchanting and rather sanguine Rin Kakihara) has a single parent mother who has a habit … Continue reading



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