1h 20min | Drama | 15 May 2018 (Italy)
Fourteen-year-old J goes by the pronoun ‘They’ and lives with their parents in the suburbs of Chicago. J is exploring their gender identity while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty. After two years of medication and therapy, J has to make a decision whether or not to transition. Over this crucial weekend while their parents are away, J’s sister Lauren and her maybe/maybe-not Iranian partner Araz arrive to take care of ‘They.’
This film is an intimate portrait of a person – J or the eponymous “they” – who simply cannot decide if they want to become a man or a woman. They wish they could be a child forever. This indecision is a theme that director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh masterfully weaves into the entire story. Influenced by Robert Bresson’s concept of ellipsis and fragmentation, the film is subtle but visually beautiful, just like the main character J, excellently played by Rhys Fehrenbacher. One learns about gender nonconformity and comes to the realization that gender perhaps really doesn’t matter in the end as long as you have people who support you.
Director: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
Writer: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
Stars: Rhys Fehrenbacher, Koohyar Hosseini, Nicole Coffineau
Country: USA | Qatar
Language: English | Persian
Release Date: 15 May 2018 (Italy)
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