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Normal (2003)

A Midwestern husband and father announces her plan to have a sex change operation.

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Roy Sr. - Roy's Father
Mary Seibel ...
Em - Roy's Mother
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Church Friend Pete
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Roy 'Ruth' Applewood
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Randall Arney ...
Reverend Dale Muncie
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Kirk Anderson ...
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Christian Ambrose ...
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Joe Foust ...
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Sean Rice ...
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Mickey Tuman ...
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Wayne Applewood (as Joe Sikora)
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Frank
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In the countryside of the United States of America, Irma Applewood and her husband Roy Applewood have been happily married for twenty-five years and they are model citizens in their community. Roy brings Irma to meet Reverend Dale Muncie, who is their pastor and friend, to tell that he is a woman trapped in a man's body and he will have a sex-change operation. Now Roy has to face the deception of his wife and the intolerance of his colleagues, members of his church and his son Wayne. But Irma loves him and after the impact of the news, she understands and supports him with their teenage daughter Patty Ann (Hayden Panettiere) and Roy's boss Frank ('Clancy Brown') that is their friend. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Love. Marriage. Acceptance. Sex change.

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Tom Wilkinson had to endure regular close shaves with a barber to convey the impression that estrogen was working on his face. He also had to shave all the hair off his arms, legs and chest. See more »

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Patty Ann: Mom, Dad and I have the same breast size now!
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Workshop production, 1998 New Works Festival at the Mark Tapen Forum, Los Angeles, CA See more »

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Referenced in The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (2009) See more »

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Mockin' Bird Hill
Written by Vaughn Horton
Performed by Patti Page
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Quiet and routine life of a Midwestern couple is shaking by the decision of the husband to change his sex, having an operation and taking hormones.
20 February 2005 | by (Paraguay) – See all my reviews

This quiet film about what may be "Normal" or not, for any of us,deals with marriage, a solid relationship that has lasted for 25 years, celebrated by Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson at the beginning of the film. As it turns out, Roy, (wilkinson, better than ever)confess,in tears, that he feels like a woman trapped in the wrong body. There is no sensationalism in this film, or debate about sex change operations, but rather about love, understanding, enduring each other shortcomings, companionship,and a dosage of subtle humor, facing what each day may bring.While one witnesses the transformation of Roy,it also observe the acceptance that Irma offers to his husband.


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