This was, thankfully, not the gimmick I thought it was going to be, and had it not been advertised as such, I may have seen it sooner. Sean Baker's film is a neorealist look at the lives of some pathetic people living in a harsh reality, with a look and feel that is emblematic of it. I really enjoyed this!
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.
Rugged yet beautifully colorful views of L.A., good camerawork, darkly humoristic yet warm in terms of relationships and living in the city. Not sure if the story or the script are particularly memorable or whether they can take closer scrutiny, but overall Tangerine feels fresh and made me curious about Sean Baker as a director.