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Painfully hard to watch.
on June 14, 2002
This was a film that worked on my emotions like no other film has before. It's a devastating story about a woman with a sexual identity crisis, named Teena Brandon who dressed up like a guy, took hormone shots, and called herself Brandon Teena. She befriended two rednecks from a small town in Nebraska, and found herself a girlfriend named Lana. Once her true identity is discovered, the film takes you on an emotional roller coaster.
The performances here are perfect, especially those of Hillary Swank (who won her first Oscar for her performance in this film)and Chloe Sevingy (who was nominated for an Oscar). First time director, Kimberly Pierce, has made a film that will not be forgotten. My only complaint was the graphic sexual scenes. If they make you uncomfortable, then foward through them. That's what I did. Many may not be able to stomach this film because of the no-holds barred grittiness of it. It's heartbreaking, and I could not get it off of my mind. I suppose they had to make it violent and brutal, so they could accuratly portray the horrible things that happened to Teena Brandon and her friends.
Truly a sad story. See it if you think you can handle it. You won't be able to shake this one off for a while.