Gun Hill Road by Rashaad Ernesto Green

The film tells the story of a boy, who feels he’s a girl. Crossdressing, a teenager accepted by his mother, when the father freshly out of gaoul cannot deal with the realisation that his son is exceptional.

The whole story is crafted skillfully with no false tones. The leading role played by a boy undergoing similar transformation to the character in the plot blurs the border between what’s real and what’s acted. The result is a stunning performance and a very true story set in a Latino family undergoing a crisis. Green shows a difficult and painful process for all the parties involved and yet the finish is a beautiful hopeful completion.

Good and important cinema.

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