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In a Year with 13 Moons

In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden

West Germany, 1978
Drama, LGBTQ+


Elvira Weishaupt, once a burly working-class butcher named Erwin, has made an enormous sacrifice for love. She has undergone a sex change for a romantic interest who has abandoned her, and she now must struggle to reconcile her past life with her present identity.

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In a Year with 13 Moons Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Fassbinder’s customarily direct, profound filmmaking—which extends from the dialogue to the set design—provides a way in. It’s difficult to make generalizations about that directness beyond saying it’s earnest. Here, the narrative feels like a transposed torch song, something along the lines of Roy Orbison’s "Crying.
November 26, 2014
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Playing one of cinema’s first transgender leading ladies, Volker Spengler gives a performance for the ages. In a Year with 13 Moons is a movie that screams, cries, bleeds, and rages against the cruelty of life and the failures of love.
November 07, 2014
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Longing pervades the film, be it in Elvira’s unrequited love for a callous man or nuns’ thwarted maternal instincts, and rarely has Fassbinder’s reflective imagery felt so confining and stupefying. The dense, contradictory identity politics elude simple classification, but Elvira needs only one sentence to justify herself, and the filmmaker who dreamed her: "I had to exist.
November 05, 2014
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