After three years in prison, macho Enrique (Esai Morales) returns home to the Bronx and finds things changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes), is distant, and his teenage son, Michael, has come out as Vanessa, a transgender woman. Unable to accept his child for who she is now, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by fiercely protecting Vanessa. Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer, Enrique must become the father he needs to be or, once again, risk losing his family and freedom.
The heart of Gun Hill Road lies in two places: a father’s inability to escape the vicious cycle of his life, and the richly drawn character of Michael/Vanessa (newcomer Harmony Santana is unforgettable). Writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green’s first feature film is a complex family drama, told with gentle humor, sensitivity, and a deep understanding of the environment that defines its inhabitants. –Sundance Film Festival
I found "Gun Hill Road" to be intriguing from the moment I first saw the trailer. The story is incredibly enticing, about an ex-con who lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son, Michael, whom is transgender. The film worked up until literally the last two minutes, ending on a such a sharp cliffhanger that it kind of killed the movie for me. I appreciate the content and acting, but I feel more could have been done.