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7 July 2017: Transamerica


Duncan Tucker
2005 | 103 min | Colour | 35mm

"Transamerica lays before us competing discourses in the form of a road trip of sorts, a multilayered “journey" that cuts across physical, emotional and spiritual spaces inhabited by preoperative Stanley Schupak / Sabrina Osborne, who goes by Bree (Felicity Huffman) and her son, Toby (Kevin Zegers). Although the film would appear to be a linear narrative, the layers within the film allow time and space to turn back upon themselves. Duncan Tucker writes that, "Bree and Toby unwittingly pioneer new territory in their own lives as they travel from the Northeast to the Southwest, and the sweep and scope of the landscape they pass through mirror their interior journeys." Along the way the film penetrates the conflicted, confused space of Bree’s past, violently reveals Toby’s past as a victim of violent sexual abuse, and explores the rough terrain of their newly discovered kinship." – Joanne C Juett

Part of our On the Road season