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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Docu about transgender artist has nudity, cursing.

Movie NR 2017 100 minutes
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This documentary provides an unusually frank, if sometimes wandering, slice-of-life look at the transition from man to woman of a celebrity artist in Brazil. The interviewer and co-director, Eliane Brum, asks intimate and intelligent questions and Laerte proves a game subject, willing to ramble on philosophically about life and love and transgender surgery options.

However, perhaps the translation from Brazilian into the English subtitles is sometimes inaccurate, or maybe there are other reasons that Laerte-se sometimes feels confusing. People pop up who are not introduced. Laerte describes a close relationship with her mother, who accepted Laerte's change gracefully. Home movies of Laerte's childhood are shown, the mother included. Later, Laerte is seen socializing with family and an older woman is seen but never identified as the mother. A general familiarity with Brazilian politics might also be helpful for American viewers. Many little foggy bits like that detract from the movie's overall potential impact. Some of her cartoons are shown, with English translations, but not all seem especially insightful or witty, leaving a viewer to feel that, given Laerte's reported fame, much is lost in the translation. But viewers will come away with a sense of Laerte's intelligence and humanity, especially when she says, "There are no men and no women. We have tendencies and conventions and possibilities."

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