Transamerica – the whole is more than the sum of its parts



Year: 2005

Writer: Duncan Tucker

Director: Duncan Tucker

Producer: Rene Bastian

Length: 103 minutes

Category: Drama

Media: Film

Studio: Belladonna Productions LLC

Distributor: Hopscotch Productions

Rating from Australia: MA


  • Bree Osbourne: Felicity Huffman
  • Rating: 4 out of 5

    We saw this film tonight and liked it, it’s rather a turnup for an American film, it’s thoughtful, deep and has something to say (unlike a lot of what we have been conditioned to think of as film from the US).

    Felicity Huffman plays Bree, a person on the cusp of gender reassignment who suddenly discovers that she has a son she fathered, unknowingly, 17 years before. When her counsellor finds out before her operation she refuses to authorise the operation until she has met him and come to terms with it.

    The situation gets more complicated when it turns out he’s in jail for theft and is involved in drugs, using prostitution to pay for it and for his life on the street. When Bree bails him she initially plans to take him to his step-fathers by car, but events rapidly develop a life of their own as they cross the country. It’s hard to say much more without giving the whole story away!

    This is a well made film with no special effects, just a good story with some very good acting.

    Be warned, this film doesn’t pull its punches on the details of gender reassignment. 🙂

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