Tuesday, January 24, 2006
My first ever graduate school class was about "transnational narratives," that is, stories where the characters are from one place but have crossed into another, and are left to figure out how to wade through the cultural differences that encompass their lives. Well, tonight I saw Transamerica which is a transsexual narrative. Felicity Huffman plays a male-to-female transexual, desperate for the final operation, who discovers that she has a son via a mysterious phone call from the New York City downtown lock up. Her therapist refuses to sign the papers stating that she is of the right mind to go through with the nip/tuck procedure until she confronts this full grown seed from the past that she never knew about. So she bails him out of jail where she discovers that he is a hustler and a drug abuser, among other things. The story goes from there with her impersonating a Christian Missionary that has come to show him some divine comfort while keeping him in the dark about her real history and her real identity. Bits and pieces (so to speak) are revealed along the way as they journey across America to L.A. encountering all kinds of characters, including her family which behaves remarkably like so many families with a "special" child...
I didn't know a lot about this movie going in, but I knew I was going to like it when I saw on the poster in the lobby that Dolly Parton wrote a song for it. I am often irrationally opposed to non-gay people playing gay roles (I havn't seen Brokeback Mountain yet because cowboys and mountain ranges do not appeal to me even in porn, but I plan to see it just to support the Gay Agenda) and I was wary of a non-transexual person playing a trannie. But Huffman was very believable, and getting to the end of the story is rewarding, though not in a happy-ever-after kind of way. Be prepared for some tasteful vulgarity, and even full frontal nudity, but do see it. I highly recommend.
Posted by Stroll at 11:54 PM