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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 »


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Francis Girod (scenario and dialogue), Philippe Cougrand (scenario and dialogue) | 1 more credit »

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


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

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France | Belgium



Release Date:

8 August 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Transfixed See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$12,452, 12 August 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Featured in 2005 Glitter Awards (2005) See more »


Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt
Performed by Marlene Dietrich
(extracts from Marlene Dietrich starring film Der blaue Engel (1930))
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
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glorious excesses

This film was recently recommended to me on a forum discussion concerning the best LGBT cinema. But Mauvais Genres is so good that I wouldn't say that it appeals only to such interest groups. It is excessively Hitchcockian (an adjective used far too often, but utterly justified in this case) in it's outlook. Indeed there are so many MacGuffins in this thriller involving props such as a microfilm or a heart-shaped box that you feel it edging almost into the territory of parody. As it is the movie stays at a more gleeful, vital, tone, revelling in homage. It is glossy enough for us to suggest that its tone comes from Hitchcock via de Palma. The music though seems directly inspired by such classic Hitchock scores as that in Vertigo.

There are in my opinion two characters in this movie of outstanding interest. First we have Bo, a transsexual entertainer, played by Robinson Stévenin, in what has to be one of the most outstanding performances that I have ever seen (winning the Cesar for best new actor). She is such an alive and beautiful person that it is truly painful when we see her subjected to violence. There is a subplot in the film concerning the fact that she was abused as a child and there are implications that her retreat into femininity is a coping strategy for dealing with that abuse. I'm in no way qualified to examine the risibility or otherwise of such claims, but certainly these thoughts may have been filtering through her mind and leading towards self-destructive behaviour.

The meat of the movie, which is only ostensibly a serial-killer thriller, is her love for Johnny, a clearly violent and handsome young man who has very mixed thoughts concerning transsexuals. Her love for him is so blind as to verge on self-immolation, her approaches undeterred by even a broken arm. I watch film to see excesses of emotions, and in her love for this psychotic individual, Bo's love becomes a fiery inferno that inundates her.

Johnny is also a very interesting character, he joined up in the foreign legion to see the tropics but, we are told, ended up waiting table at headquarters in Avignon. Metaphorically speaking perhaps that's what happens to most men in modern society. And you can certainly sense the frustration in this 'red-blooded' man for whom society is effectively a cage.

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