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God Wears My Underwear (2005)

As Lavinia stands waiting for a train, she ponders her childhood, her fascination with drag queens, and her past life as a Tibetan monk who visited Berlin in 1933.

Director:

Leslie Streit

Writer:

Leslie Streit (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joel Bischoff Joel Bischoff ... Reporter
Frances Bockenfeld Frances Bockenfeld ... Bar Patron, Skipper
Archie Bryan Archie Bryan ... Werner Schindheim
Lauren Bryan Lauren Bryan ... Ursula Brandthauer
Susan Burke Susan Burke ... Die Nachtigal
Laurent de la Cruz Laurent de la Cruz ... Rowdy Bar Patron, Juanita
Todd Eckert Todd Eckert ... Nazi Youth
Pat Everett Pat Everett ... Otto von Klemmer
Irene Hsaio Irene Hsaio ... Sue Yin
Pat James Pat James ... Mrs. Hamilton
Robin McCain Robin McCain ... Nazi Thug, Bar Patron 4
Lovechild Moore Lovechild Moore ... Circus Dog
Joel Naumann Joel Naumann ... Boy in Mirror
Masi Oka ... Brother Eo (voice)
Angelica Passantino Angelica Passantino ... Lara
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This film ties the Jewish Holocaust in the 1940's to the genocide in Tibet in the 1950's. It raises issues of sexual identity, reincarnation, human and moral responsibility, universal experiences of the 20th century. Our lead character, Lavinia, has been haunted all of her life by dreams about people and places she has never experienced. As she stands waiting for a train, she sees her childhood and ponders her confusion about her own sexuality. Lavinia reviews her years in psychoanalysis. Under hypnosis, she recalls a past life as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, visiting Berlin in the 1930's. The monk, Brother Eo, did nothing to help friends and colleagues as the brutality of the Nazis began to unfold. Realizing his mistake, he returned to Tibet only to be among those massacred a few years later by the invading Chinese Communists. But death did not cleanse guilt. Instead he reincarnates as Lavinia and it continues into another lifetime. Written by Leslie Streit

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Gender Confusion, Reincarnation and the Holocaust See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$190,000 (estimated)
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Cinematiks See more »
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Black and White (archive footage)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Joel Naumann, who plays the Boy in the Mirror in Lavinia's bathroom, is actually Lavinia"s (Jacqueline Wiley) twin brother. See more »

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ChiChi Schoen - Casting - In reality, she is a tan Chihuahua with short legs. Muscles like a bodybuilder, very brave, kind of butch... See more »

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Edited from Lavinia's Dream (1999) See more »

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It is the story of my life!
17 May 2006 | by Florence La BadieSee all my reviews

I saw this film at a preview screening in Toronto and it hit a chord with me. The story is about a woman with gender identification dysphoria who believes she is reincarnated from a Buddhist monk who witnessed the rise of the Nazi's in the 1930's.

The storyline is presented in a style best described as stream of consciousness. A little hard to follow at first, but once I was into the film, I saw how all the parts fit together. In some ways this is more a work of electronic art than a film, but it definitely evoked an emotional response.

I think there are other ways the filmmaker could have handled the ending which is a bit of a downer. Indeed, I would like to have seen a longer film with more explanation and I'm wondering what changes the director made in subsequent cuts.

Of particular note is the music which is a kind of Middle Eastern, jazz fusion. I think the images and the music worked well together.


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