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This is a drama about Laurence a French teacher and soon-to-be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Frédérique. But on the day after his 35th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support his transformation. I liked this film and I think it is worth seeing in the theaters. It is a beautiful love story that is very complicated and even though the film was way too long, I think it was worth my time. I found this film to be deeply refreshing and very important and I hope it will reach a wide audience.
Yikes, talk about having a complicated life! Not only are you a woman trapped in a man's body, but you are also bound to the idea that the woman who you love should be your soulmate for the rest of your life, even if you decide that you want to live your life as a woman. Is she going to be ok with that? Um, probably not. But is she willing to forego the love that you two have shared? Is she willing to live as a lesbian? And what about the social pressures around you from friends and family to conform, much less society as a whole? This movie is a great lesson in introspection, identity, and compassion. I would go so far as to say that anyone who sees this will probably never think of life and love in the same way, it's so affecting in just the right way. A very powerful movie with astounding performances. A surefire award winner and one you won't forget any time soon.
Um, can you say "lump in my throat"?!? This movie had me BAWLING all the way! I can't remember the last time I ever saw a love story that was more touching than this one, if I have ever seen one at all that came close to this. The thing is that most people who see this will think that it only applies to transgender people and their romantic partners, but the truth is that the movie is much more universal than that. It can really be applied to any couple, no matter who or what they are, and what makes them stay together or fall apart. This really is a love story in its truest sense. Not in the conventional sense but in the way that we really need to look at love. It's pretty graphic and disturbing at times, but it's also thrilling and sweet and funny in unexpected ways. This is one of those movies that makes you want to stand up and applaud anyone who has the guts to be themselves.
One of the most powerful movies I have ever seen is Felicity Huffman's "Transamerica" - it was, for me, a transformational film. This film is equally transformational though it tackles the subject of gender identity from a totally different angle. Imagine this time that instead of just fighting against your own body and mother nature that you are actually engaged in a full fledged romantic relationship with someone of the opposite sex. They love you just as you are but once you go ahead and decide to get married, suddenly you feel that you can no longer hide who you really want to be and you decide that you have to be true to yourself, even if it could end the relationship and cause tremendous harm to the other person. This movie may be in French but it is truly universal. The story is compelling and the themes are relevant to all people. Adult themes so not recommended for kids or family audiences.
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