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Normal (2003)

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

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Jane Anderson

Writers:

Jane Anderson (play), Jane Anderson (teleplay)
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Bull ... Roy Sr. - Roy's Father
Mary Seibel Mary Seibel ... Em - Roy's Mother
Danny Goldring ... Church Friend Pete
Jessica Lange ... Irma Applewood
Tom Wilkinson ... Roy 'Ruth' Applewood
Hayden Panettiere ... Patty Ann Applewood
Randall Arney Randall Arney ... Reverend Dale Muncie
Rich Komenich Rich Komenich ... Co-Worker Bob
Kirk Anderson Kirk Anderson ... Machinist
Christian Ambrose Christian Ambrose ... Band Member #1
Joe Foust Joe Foust ... Roadie #1
Sean Rice Sean Rice ... Band Member #2
Mickey Tuman Mickey Tuman ... Roadie #2
Joseph Sikora ... Wayne Applewood (as Joe Sikora)
Clancy Brown ... Frank
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine Frage der Liebe See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Although this was made for television by HBO Films, it was still an official selection at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Irma: Sweet Roy. Sweet soul. What we do for love.
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If We Never Meet Again
Written by Louis Armstrong and Horace Gerlach
Performed by Tony Bennett and k.d. lang (as KD Lang)
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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 kitrosserSee 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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