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They (2017)

Not Rated | | Drama | 15 May 2018 (Italy)
Fourteen-year-old J goes by the pronoun 'They' and lives with their parents in the suburbs of Chicago. J is exploring their gender identity while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty... See full summary »
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Rhys Fehrenbacher Rhys Fehrenbacher ... J
Kooyar Hosseini Golkou Kooyar Hosseini Golkou ... Araz (as Koohyar Hosseini)
Nicole Coffineau Nicole Coffineau ... Lauren
Norma Moruzzi Norma Moruzzi ... Mom
Diana Torres Diana Torres ... Diana
Evan Gray Evan Gray ... Boy 1
Drew Sheil Drew Sheil ... Boy 2
Leyla Mofleh Leyla Mofleh ... Negar
Mohammad Aghebati Mohammad Aghebati ... Behrouz
Alma Sinai Alma Sinai ... Alma (as Alma Sinai)
Arian Naghshineh Arian Naghshineh ... Kian
Ava Naghshineh Ava Naghshineh ... Kimia
Aerik Jahangiri Aerik Jahangiri ... Robert
Farid Kossari Farid Kossari ... Nima
Kaveh Ehsani Kaveh Ehsani ... Sirooz
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Fourteen-year-old J goes by the pronoun 'They' and lives with their parents in the suburbs of Chicago. J is exploring their gender identity while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty. After two years of medication and therapy, J has to make a decision whether or not to transition. Over this crucial weekend while their parents are away, J's sister Lauren and her maybe/maybe-not Iranian partner Araz arrive to take care of 'They.' Written by Ruido do Vento

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Anahita Ghazvinizadeh's directorial film debut. See more »

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Not really about gender identity
16 June 2020 | by sfdphdSee all my reviews

This is a strange film that purports to be about gender identity but didn't seem to be about gender at all. The lead character J happens to be non-binary but the film is mostly about all kinds of other experiences in J's family, particularly about J's sister, an artist, getting married to a man from Iran, who is having issues with his own family. J's medical transition seemed to be a secondary plot and J seemed to be more concerned about not wanting to grow up at all rather than being concerned with gender.

I wonder whether the director thought the gender issue was just a trendy way to pitch the film. I also wonder whether the director was trying to show that gender is the least important thing to worry about in life.

This is the kind of film that would make me want to attend a question and answer session with the director.


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Country:

USA | Qatar

Language:

English | Persian

Release Date:

15 May 2018 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Mass Ornament Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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