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3.8
1,513 Ratings

Tangerine

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

Synopsis

A working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.

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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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What are people saying?

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Tangerine

    Holy shit, such an outrageous and kinetic twisted little film. It starts out somewhat amateurish and way too over the top, but then it goes wayyy above the top and it just fucking shines in a beatiful, fucked up explosion. It treats a dark subject with a great sense of humour (I laughed hard. a lot) but it is also pretty fucking heartrenching. Sean Baker is a master at his craft.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Tangerine

    It would be very easy to dismiss a film that uses some film predicates in a mild form, especially the parallel editing. But the outrageously féerie with a California of flaming colors and a human landscape no less flaming and colorful, in addition to a stable use of unstable cameras, lead me to like this movie, after all, an heir of the cursed "Showgirls". Flaming creatures well inscribed in its time, which is mine.

  • EdieEmm's rating of the film Tangerine

    Yass!! Sean Baker, let me welcome your film to the list of best indie movies of all time. Brilliant. Perfect. How was this all shot on iPhones?! Like Clerks for a younger, queerer, less middle class (and way less white) generation. Love, friendship, nothing particularly deep, at least on the surface, but hilarious, raucous, honest, irrepressible, tender, raw, shamelessly unrestrained, and glorious. Loved this hard.

  • Kelley Dong's rating of the film Tangerine

    all of the praise is true, but i think another thing that shines through is baker's way of making the story about and for its subjects without commodifying/making it easy or simple for the mainstream to understand

  • Rafael Zen's rating of the film Tangerine

    Although I think this film is being talked about because of its mobile recording and transgender acting, it is really fresh and entertaining. And I love the fact that trans-people are getting jobs in cinema industry: this alone should be recognizable. I like some scenes a lot: the car washing, the dinner, the crazy mother-in-law at the climax. I really dug this more than I expected to.

  • Daniel Roque's rating of the film Tangerine

    Trans-bitches be crazy! Lesbihonest, if Sin-Dee Rella and Alexandra were not transgender, this would be just an ordinary low budget iPhone-shooted movie about hookers. It's fresh and funny, but there's no sustainable plot.

  • Skinnedteen's rating of the film Tangerine

    Raw execution! For such a controversial topic, it is approached with lighthearted, humorous dialogues. It has beautifully diverse characters that depict contemporary portraits of the people within the sex industry. It possesses a kind of Nan Goldin aesthetics that resists stylistic traditions in Hollywood filmmaking which echoes with the political resistance within transgender POC.

  • film_lies101's rating of the film Tangerine

    The soundtrack is banging! It starts off looking off like a youtube video but once the characters start moving, the vital & energetic camera work becomes a character in itself. An uproariously funny trawl through LA's underbelly

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