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In June, 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, step-father, and sister for dinner. Hank, Sebastian's step-father, drops a bomb: he announces he's changing sexes. Sebastian's sister splits immediately for California, and his mother takes him back to England. Jump ahead eight months, Sebastian is back in New York, knocking on Hank's door. Hank (now Henrietta, although all the surgeries aren't complete) takes Sebastian in and is his rock over the next few months of high school. Sebastian's "adventures" are mostly self-destructive. Written by
This little film is surprisingly quite observant of it's characters and doesn't turn this film into a crazy Farrelly bros. comedy or silly farce. I has good performances,especially from the lead,Grenier,who shows a lot of depth and mystery. You kinda can understand the quiet hauntings inside his head and the fact that he doesn't want to attach to anyone. It's a film that really brings out the trappings of what it is really like to be a growing young adult coping with the problems of understanding love,sex,school,sex changes,stepfather wanting a sex change(I know this is not a usual trapping..just being silly),and wanting more from life than the expected future. Sebastian wants to go on "adventures like Ernest Hemingway." That's the lifeblood of the film. Cole is not your ordinary kid..he thrives to get the most from his life..he wants to discover emotions and unpredictable happenings. He puts himself in situations just to see what results wil occur. He is a complex character and that is what makes this little film special..it's a breath of fresh air and a good experience. ****/*****
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