5.6/10
318
7 user 6 critic

Transfixed (2001)

Mauvais genres (original title)
Bo is a transexual prostitute in Brussels who left home after being abused by her father. She's now in an abusive relationship with a neighbor and suspected by the police in a series of ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(scenario and dialogue), (scenario and dialogue) | 1 more credit »

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Princesa I (2001)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Fernando, a.k.a. Fernanda, a 19-year-old Brazilian transgender woman, travels to Milan and becomes a prostitute to finance sex-change surgery. Fernanda dreams of becoming a "real" woman, ... See full summary »

Director: Henrique Goldman
Stars: Ingrid de Souza, Cesare Bocci, Lulu Pecorari
Stonewall (1995)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A group of homosexual people try to live with dignity and self-respect while events build to the opening battle in the major gay rights movement.

Director: Nigel Finch
Stars: Guillermo Díaz, Frederick Weller, Brendan Corbalis
HerzHaft (2007)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Felix is secretly in love with Ralph. This doesn't seem to be the biggest problem, but Felix is fifteen and Ralph is his thirty-four-year-old soccer coach. They meet every day in secret. ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Busker
Stars: Tommaso Cacciapuoti, Ferdinand Hanisch, Johanna Niedermüller
Wastelands (2013)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Lonely teenager Marc is secretly in love with Olaf, the cool boy-next-door. He dreams about a relationship with him, and when the two go camping, this dream seems to become reality for Marc... See full summary »

Director: Marco van Bergen
Stars: Frederik Stuut, Daniël Brak, Henny Renes
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Fifteen-year-old Beni falls in love with Fögi, a singer in a Rock band. As Fögi seduces him, Beni is willing to follow him where ever he takes him. But Fögi is a drug addict and pulls Beni ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Gisler
Stars: Frédéric Andrau, Vincent Branchet, Urs Peter Halter
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

When a new boy moves into the area Cecilie and Peter's friendship is changed.

Director: Frank Mosvold
Stars: Kristian Dale Hakkelberg, Stian Barsnes Simonsen, Silje Andresen
Gohatto (1999)
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The new member of a samurai militia unit causes disruption as several of his colleagues fall in love with him, threatening to disturb the rigid code of their squad.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Ryûhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda
The Mudge Boy (2003)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Sensitive, somewhat effeminate farm-boy Duncan Mudge can barely cope with grim, since Ma's death even gloomier father Edgar's manly expectations, and seeks comfort in petting a chicken he ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Burke
Stars: Emile Hirsch, Richard Jenkins, Tom Guiry
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Adolescent curiosities and sexual explorations of a 15-year-old boy named Antonio who's just coming to terms with his sexuality. Through Antonio's mother and friends, we get an interesting ... See full summary »

Director: Joselito Altarejos
Stars: Kenjie Garcia, Jiro Manio, Nino Fernandez
Coming Out I (1989)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young teacher in East Berlin struggles with accepting his homosexuality.

Director: Heiner Carow
Stars: Matthias Freihof, Dagmar Manzel, Dirk Kummer
Wild Reeds (1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends, not lovers. In Francois's classroom, there are Serge, whose brother has just married to... See full summary »

Director: André Téchiné
Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Gaël Morel, Stéphane Rideau
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Annecy is no tourist destination for three working-class Algerian brothers and their father, in the months after their mother has died. Marc is deeply troubled: he tries to stiff drug ... See full summary »

Director: Gaël Morel
Stars: Nicolas Cazalé, Stéphane Rideau, Thomas Dumerchez
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Huysmans
Robinson Stévenin ...
Bo
Stéphane Metzger ...
Johnny
...
Maeva
Frédéric Pellegeay ...
Alex
Ginette Garcin ...
Louisette Vincent
...
Pryzuski (as Stéphane de Groot)
Charlie Dupont ...
Courtois
Veronica Novak ...
Elvire
...
Violette Ancelin
Marcel Dossogne ...
Professeur Ancelin
Thibaut Corrion ...
Marlène
Jean-Michel Leray
Catherine Claeys
Julien Arame
Edit

Storyline

Bo is a transexual prostitute in Brussels who left home after being abused by her father. She's now in an abusive relationship with a neighbor and suspected by the police in a series of transexual murders. In order to clear herself she must turn detective. Written by havan_ironoak@bigfoot.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

8 August 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Transfixed  »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$12,452, 12 August 2004
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Humbert Balsan, producteur rebelle (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Chanson d'un jour d'été
(from the soundtrack album Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967))
Lyrics by Jacques Demy
Composed and conducted by Michel Legrand
(p) 1967 Mercury France
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
'Una furtiva lacrima'
29 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

The aria from Donizetti's 'L'elisir d'amore' plays a significant role throughout this fascinating, intelligent, well made thriller by Francis Girod based on a novel by Brigitte Aubert and adapted for the screen by Girod and Philippe Cougrand. 'The secret tear' takes on many meanings as this complex story set in Brussels unfolds in the same manner as 'Diabolique'. Only this film takes even more risks and succeeds resoundingly.

Presented as simply the main character instead of an oddity, transsexual Bo (Robinson Stévenin) works as an entertainer in a drag club in Brussels. His best friends are other transsexuals, especially Maeva (William Nadylam), who perform with him. Some are also prostitutes and are falling prey to a serial killer who disfigures each of his victims in a vicious way. Bo, we learn, left home at age 13, unable to cope with sexual molestation from his father (Marcel Dossogne) and the suicide of his mother, and lives quietly in a humble apartment. Her interest is peaked when a handsome young Johnny (Stéphane Metzger) moves in next door and she fantasizes an affair with him. While Johnny appears to be infatuated with Bo, he has his dark side, living with a roommate with whom he provides sexual services for older unattractive but rich women.

The police, headed by Huysmans (Richard Bohringer) investigate the serial killings and in some way Bo is always at the scene or is familiar with the victims. The story revolves around the cat and mouse game of surveillance and complications of information regarding the killing spree. An interesting sidebar shows Bo's father arrested for sexual harassment and Bo is interrogated by the police about his childhood traumas with his father. How Bo weaves through all of the events - longing for Johnny, attempts for a consignation with Johnny which teeters on the possible versus the sadistic, gay bashing, gaining courage to speak against his father, etc - is the maze the story pulls us through. The identity of the serial killer is successfully revealed at the very end of the film.

The excitement of the suspense drama is heightened by Girod's stunning direction and by the completely convincing acting of Robinson Stévenin, but also by the superb characterizations by Richard Bohringer, Stéphane Metzger, William Nadylam, Frédéric Pellegeay, Ginette Garcin, Stéphane De Groodt, and Charlie Dupont. The musical score by Alexandre Desplat is one of this fine composer's best, and the cinematography by Thierry Jault finds just the right flavor of the seamy streets of Brussels to make the story as creepy as it should be. So with all this praise why only 8 stars for the DVD? The subtitles (the film is in French) are so out of sync with the film that they completely destroy the important conversations, so much so that many times the subtitles are finishing off a scene that is no longer on the screen! If these were corrected it would be clear to everyone why Robinson Stévenin won the French Cesar Award for best actor and why it is such a success for the daring director Francis Girod. Highly recommended...just be aware that the English subtitles will frustrate you - unless you speak French! Grady Harp


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page