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What I Really Hate About AIFF

Sunday 10 April 2011

You know what bugs me about the film festival? When I see a show that I want to rate a 5 after the balloting has closed on Sunday afternoon.

This was the case with “Gun Hill Road”, a truly excellent film by a new filmmaker from NYU. It’s the story of a young man in the early stages of trying to become a woman. His biological father has been in prison for several years, and is just coming home. Let’s just say he has a strong reaction to his son’s desired change in sexuality.

This all takes place in the Hispanic community of the Bronx, but the messages–rejection, acceptance, betrayal (by the father’s wife), and reconciliation, are universal. The scripting is taut, but the non-verbal communication is even more powerful.

Highly recommended. 5 out of 5.

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