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52 Tuesdays (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 May 2014 (Australia)
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16-year-old Billie's reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons.

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Sophie Hyde

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Matthew Cormack (screenplay), Matthew Cormack (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Cobham-Hervey ... Billie
Sam Althuizen Sam Althuizen ... Josh
Imogen Archer Imogen Archer ... Jasmine
Del Herbert-Jane Del Herbert-Jane ... James
Beau Travis Williams Beau Travis Williams ... Tom
Mario Späte Mario Späte ... Harry
Greg Marsh Greg Marsh ... Psychiatrist
Audrey Mason-Hyde Audrey Mason-Hyde ... Frida
Danica Moors Danica Moors ... Lisa
Sam Harding Sam Harding ... Peepshow Dancer
Daisy Brown Daisy Brown ... Woman in Tom's Bed
Clare Matthews Clare Matthews ... Shop Assistant
Susan Hyde Susan Hyde ... School Principal Susan Darcy
Susie Skinner Susie Skinner ... Jasmin's Mother
Astrid Pill Astrid Pill ... Josh's Mother
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16-year-old Billie's reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons.

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One day a week, every week, for a year See more »

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Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2014 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

52 Yemei shlishi See more »

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Closer Productions See more »
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2.35 : 1
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The film won the prestigious Crystal Bear Award (Generation 14plus - Best Film) at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014. The fest's notes for this accolade were: "The situation is exceptional but familiar. This year's winning movie is both surprising and touching. It is a movie about family and the quest for identity, and despite all the conflicts, the protagonists stay connected through their love to each other. The moving story is presented in a fascinating structure and convinces with strong characters, humour, clever ideas and sensitivity." See more »

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James: A year is a long time especially at your age.
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Referenced in Gag Reel (2014) See more »

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Written/Composed by Mario Spate & Kate Jarvis
Performed by The Black Doves
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growing up now
12 August 2015 | by CountZero313See all my reviews

A high school girl begins a year of sexual experimentation when her mother decides to become a man, and two older schoolmates invite her into their bohemian clique.

This Australian indie captivates through the performances of the young leads. Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Billie, the young woman who has to cope with parental separation, mum's transgender crises, and her own burgeoning sexual awareness, is riveting, a natural beauty who is testing her own strengths and boundaries. Dad (Beau Travis Williams) is over-eager to accommodate everyone, while James (as Mum now wishes to be called) is completely self-absorbed, documenting her transformation and spending the Tuesdays together with his/her daughter only talking about her/his own issues. Little wonder Billie creates a secret space and time to nurture and document her own transformation. These naturalistic, sweet but painful scenes of emerging with the three teenagers are the film's most authentic and touching. Sam Althuizen as Josh remains a mystery, a boy included for his gender more than his personality. The beguiling Jasmine (Imogen Archer) has her own family issues, and provides a brake to any self-pity Billie might be tempted to indulge in.

Del Herbert-Jane as Jane/James embodies the fluidity in gender identification that is the film's key motif. She has a fractious relationship with her own sexually ambiguous brother Harry (Mario Späte), the film's only truly annoying character, a product both of characterisation and performance. That motif is somewhat overplayed. It is deft when the characters all sport fake facial hair for a family goof around, but is hammered home in the changing facial hair fortunes of Dad, who seems to have a different degree of beard for every scene.

Billie's movie-within-a-movie works well and is in keeping with the digital nativization of teenagers of the period. Plot is less well-handled - a rush of all the characters to the hospital seems forced, and Billie's way of marking the conclusion of the one-year separation from Mum rather too showy. The uncle's interventions also seem random and intended to inject drama rather than emerging from character. But as a rites of passage tale the film triumphs, crucially on the casting and performance of Cobham-Hervey. Reminiscent of Kiera Knightley at her best, this young actress is one to watch.


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