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7.7
/10
2,057 Ratings

Tangerine

Directed by Sean Baker
United States, 2015
Comedy, Drama, LGBT+

Synopsis

On Christmas Eve, transgender prostitute Sin-Dee Rella meets her friend and fellow transgender prostitute Alexandra at Donut Time. Once informed that her boyfriend and pimp, Chester, has been cheating on her with a white cisgender woman, Sin-Dee storms out to search the neighborhood.

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Tangerine Directed by Sean Baker

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 | Winner: Best Supporting Female

2016 | 3 nominations including: Best Feature

Village Voice Film Poll

2015 | 2 nominations including: Best Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2015 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actress

Hands down the best queer film of the past ten years. Forget that it was made with iPhones (although that’s so cool), the story of two transladies of the evening on a tear one night in L.A. is wildly authentic, gorgeously shot, and the best movie about friendship since Jerry Schatzberg’s Scarecrow.
May 24, 2018
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Tangerine is a rare kind of film about transgender experiences… It’s also rare in the way its formal elements work in concert with its subject matter. Director Sean Baker shot the film entirely on iPhones, utilizing this cheap technology to create something strikingly cinematic. Tangerine, both in content and in form, is about creating beauty from a position of marginalization and limited means.
June 14, 2016
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This is the usual cinematic trajectory used to create images around transgender women: the cisgender gaze wrests bodily autonomy away from the transgender person. Laurence Anyways and Dallas Buyer’s Club are only two examples, but both show a misunderstanding of how trans women should be represented in an art-house and foreign high-brow binary. For mainstream cinema transgender women simply do not exist. In Tangerine, the characters own the frame and do so because of collaboration.
April 18, 2016
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