Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.
Jennifer Jason Leigh,
Stephen Adly Guirgis
Southern Californian Bree Osbourne, formerly Stanley Chupak, has finally received the news for which she has been waiting: she has been approved for male-to-female sexual reassignment surgery. But before Margaret, her therapist, will allow her to go through with the surgery scheduled in a week's time, Bree has to deal with an unresolved problem from her past. Bree gets a telephone call from a seventeen year old man named Toby Wilkins, who is looking for Stanley, his biological father. Toby is in a New York jail, having been supporting himself by petty crime and hustling. Stanley/Bree knew nothing about Toby before the telephone call. Toby apparently is all alone in the world, with his mother having committed suicide and being estranged from his stepfather in Tennessee. Masquerading as a Christian social worker, Bree, not telling him either of her true identity or her transgender status, bails Toby out of jail and tells him she will take him to Los Angeles, where Toby has aspirations ... Written by
Felicity Huffman had to stay in character all day, while shooting. This included having to keep Bree's voice on so that she wouldn't lose it. If she turned it "off" she would lose the voice. See more »
During the trip from New York to California, Toby asks why they are heading to Dallas. The scene changes from a Midwest setting to inside the Deck Park Tunnel on I-10 in Phoenix heading West (already past Dallas), back to a Midwest neighborhood. See more »
I got a phone call last night from a juvenile inmate of the New York prison system. He claimed to be Stanley's son.
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For all people of trans experience, For all people of any experience, and For my family. See more »
I am so glad I had the opportunity to see this film last night, and I truly hope that a distributor was in the audience because this film should be seen by the masses. I would buy it in a heartbeat if were available on DVD.
This was my first time attending the festival, and the first film I chose after looking through listings. I won't say any more because I don't want to spoil the plot, but just know that it was a good movie and worth the long wait in line to get tickets. Great work, and good luck!
Have a great day,
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