Based on a true story, Brandon Teena is the popular new ‘guy’ in a tiny Nebraska town where he falls in love with local girl Lana. When it is revealed that Brandon was born biologically female, a rough group of men put Brandon’s life in jeopardy.
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I really wish the movie had followed the absolute true story but it is still powerful (and fucking devastating) even with the story alterations. Not just a deeply disturbing story, but really haunting cinematography as well. The last moments of the film made me want to throw up. And I cried. Literally heartbreaking.
i was sobbing in the last 30 minutes, note to people who want to watch this to have extra tissues by their side. this film tells the disgusting reality of violence against trans folx, gut-wrenching. a huge trigger warning (sexual assault)
compelling story with an outstanding performance by Hilary Swank from start to finish. I also appreciate how the filmmakers worked within their means to tell the story, rather than go beyond their capabilities.
so much immersion. it's hard to remember that anyone is playing a role especially swank. one of those indie films that lacks pretentiousness in its employment of tone and music (this is a humble piece of pie compared to anything by Sofia Copolla and much more atmospheric and meaningful). that rape scene showcased the full violence without hypersexualizing the victim; an amazing feat that is very much appreciated.
Chloe Sevigny is a delight in the way she plays the small town girl smitten by newcomer Hilary Swank, who clearly knows how to treat a lady. Of course Hilary Swanks performance is challenging and acute, but It's also Sevigny's understated acting that makes the relationship so convincing, and sets the tone for the whole movie. Kimberly Pierces direction creates an elegiac tone, that is both poetic and sad.
This is the one film I can watch and consistently break down in tears each time at the same exact time. I saw this for the first time well before I was aware of my sexual orientation and where I stood as someone concerned about equality (I think I was seriously 12 or 13) and I just felt that my life had been torn a part. watched it 3 years later, shattered again. Incredible performances and heartbreaking story.