Transamerica: Film #169 of Film 365

Tuesday 24th July 2012

Director: Duncan Tucker
Year: 2005
Stars: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers

I was fairly sure I had never seen this before. My hubby, however, was convinced he had. Ten minutes in, and I knew I hadn't seen this before - I'd remember it. But my hubby remained convinced for the entire movie. Neither of us have any idea when he would have watched it, because we both agreed that it's exactly the sort of movie I'd make him watch, but he'd otherwise probably not bother with.

But bother with it you should, because it's really good. Transamerica is all about Bree (Huffman), a transsexual who discovers she has a son (Zegers) just before she's about to go in for surgery to make her into a woman. The movie follows her journey (both physical and spiritual) as she meets her son, and learns to come to terms with this fact (and also as her son learns to come to terms with this). Bree's tale is told sympathetically, and does a great job of getting you to understand where the characters are coming from. A special mention has to go to Huffman, who does an excellent job of portraying Bree - at one point the emotions she manages to convey, even through massive sunglasses, are incredibly impressive.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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