A transsexual woman tries to erase any past history of herself as a male. Struggling with a young male lover and a problematic son.

Writers:

João Pedro Rodrigues (screenplay), Rui Catalão (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chandra Malatitch Chandra Malatitch ... Zé Maria
John Jesus Romão John Jesus Romão ... Mendes (as John Romão)
Ivo Barroso Ivo Barroso ... Cardoso
Gonçalo Ferreira De Almeida Gonçalo Ferreira De Almeida ... Maria Bakker
Miguel Loureiro ... Paula
Francisco Peres Francisco Peres ... Médico cirurgião plástico
Fernando Santos Fernando Santos ... Tonia
Cindy Scrash Cindy Scrash ... Irene
Carloto Cotta ... Carlos
Jenny Larrue Jenny Larrue ... Jenny
Gonçalo Mendes Gonçalo Mendes ... Sergio
Alexander David ... Rosário
Fernando Gomes Fernando Gomes ... Teixeira
André Murraças André Murraças ... Dr. Felgueiras
Amãndio Coroado Amãndio Coroado ... Médico Hospital
Edit

Storyline

A transsexual woman tries to erase any past history of herself as a male. Struggling with a young male lover and a problematic son.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Total Eclipse of the Heart
Music and Lyrics by Jim Steinman
Performed by Bonnie Tyler
See more »

User Reviews

 
Maybe It's Me, But I Found This Completely Uninvolving
9 March 2013 | by emvanSee all my reviews

Well, my late uncle was the fabulous "Sylvia Sidney," long the preeminent drag performer in Boston. I was certainly predisposed to like this movie. It ended up being just the second critically-acclaimed movie I've ever given up on in my life (out of 1000+), and the first that I gave up on because I thought it wasn't good. (The other was "Russian Ark," an obviously brilliant film which I simply couldn't make any sense of because I knew nothing of Russian or art history.) Rodriguez has a knack for conceiving arresting images (the back of the DVD case has a few such stills), but I found his sense of where to put the camera absolutely alien; I kept on saying to myself "I would never frame this shot that way." To my eyes and brain, it had the look and rhythm of a student film.

I know others have praised the performances, but I found them flat nearly to the point of amateurishness. There's nothing to like about any of the characters in the first 45 minutes (as far as I got), and I ordinarily have no problem with that; if the actors can communicate the inner pain that drives them to be so difficult, I readily empathize (see my review of Greenberg). If the actors just seem to be stating their lines, that's another story.

It's a shame, because (as the other reviewer notes) there's a good film here waiting to get out. I could imagine watching the same narrative and being entranced, if it were well-acted and shot by a director with talent, oops, I mean whose cinematic style resonated with me. I honestly can't say for certain that Rodriguez is barely competent behind the camera (and with actors) and has been given enormous slack by the critical community because of his subject matter. It's possible that his aesthetic is simply opposite mine. But I will note then when I watch Godard or Ozu, whose styles don't mesh well with my brain, I'm still aware that they're freakin' good: they're just not to my taste.


4 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

Portugal | France

Language:

Portuguese | German | English

Release Date:

8 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Morir como un hombre See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

EUR240,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,346, 10 April 2011

Gross USA:

$4,029

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,955
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed