Tiresia, a Brazilian transsexual of extreme beauty, lives illegally with her brother in the outskirts of Paris. Terranova, an aesthete with poetic ideas, likens Tiresia to a perfect rose. He ends up kidnapping her to keep her as his own. Deprived of her daily hormones, Tiresia transforms little by little before his eyes. Powerless before what his rose becomes, Terranova blinds Tiresia and leaves her for dead in the countryside. In a pitiful state between woman and man, Tiresia is taken in and cared for by Anna, a simple young girl. While recuperating, Tiresia discovers a sudden gift of premonition. But the presence of an oracle disturbs the Church. The parish priest has no choice but to confront Tiresia. –Cannes Film Festival
Bertrand was born September 11, 1968, in Nice, France.
Bertrand Bonello trained as a classical musician and played in an orchestra, accompanying Carole Laure and Françoise Hardy, among others, on tours and in the recording studio. He composed music for short films (including his own) as well as for commercials. His first feature film was Quelque chose d’organique (Something Organic) (1998), a co-production of France and Canada which was presented at the Berlin Festival (Panorama). Bonello moved to Montreal, Canada in 1991. He lives between Paris and Montreal.
Le pornographe (2001) won the FIPRESCI prize at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Tiresia (2003) was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
His work has been associated with the New French Extremity. –Wikipedia
Like all of Bonello's films, this is a stunning film -- only hope that it (and he) will one day get the recognition they deserve.
'Tiresia' is a beatiful meditation on faith, and life's contradictions and "ambiguities" : Bonello's attempt at explaining the mass persona following 9/11 is amazing. Transsexualism, unlike in some films like 'XXY' , is sheer symbolism for something deeper that Bonello shows throughout the film. Beautiful, simply unforgettable..