Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Boys Don't Cry (1999) R - 4 Stars

This movie is based on the true life story of Teena Brandon who just wanted to find love and acceptance, living her life. In 1993, she went to the small town of Falls City where she was unknown and thought she could find happiness living her life as the man she intended to be. Instead she was met with hatred and a tragic conclusion to her young life.

Hillary Swank gives an Oscar award winning presentation in her role as Brandon Teena in this sexual discovery movie about love and hate. He meets a young girl and wants desperately to run away with his dream that finding love would make everything okay. But trying to pretend she was a boy, cost her dearly when the lies catch up to her by her lovers deadbeat friends.

Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank), is a transgender young man growing up in Lincoln Nebraska, confused by life but knowing who he wants to be. Living off and on with his good friend Lonny (Matt McGrath), he vows there's a place on earth where he can just be himself. Despite warnings from Lonny that Falls City is not the place to be accepted, he sets out to start his new life there. Brandon meets Candace, (Alicia Goranson), a single mother, who immediately accepts and opens her home to him along with sharing her friends. Lana (Chloe Sevigny), is one friend that Brandon takes an almost immediate liking to and the quickly become lovers. Even Lana's drunken mother (Jeanetta Arnette), and her two closest friends, ex-con John (Peter Sarsgaard), and his buddy Tom (Brendan Sexton), welcome Brandon into their small circle of friends. But when Brandon gets in trouble with the law, his secret is revealed causing betrayal with his close knit group and John and Tom retaliate against him tragically ending Brandon's young live.

Awards include:

1999 - Broadcast Film Critics Association - Best Actress
1999 - Chicago Film Critics Association - Best Actress
1999 - Hollywood Foreign Press Association - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1999 - Independent Spirit Awards - Best Actress
1999 - New York Film Critics Circle - Best Actress
1999 - Toronto Film Critics Association - Best Actress

Fox Searchlight Pictures, The Independent Film Channel Productions, Killer Films
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Writers: Kimberly Peirce, Andy Bienen
Producers: John Hart, Christine Vachon, Jeff Sharp
I viewed 8/08 & 2/12

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