Ootastic: PCOS in pictures

July 17, 2014

30 Film Females: Transamerica (2005)

Filed under: 30 Film Females — ootastic @ 11:24 am

One question I’ve been pondering is should this blog series deal with female characters or characters played by females?  Why exclude, for example, Cate Blanchett as an intriguing incarnation of Bob Dylan in I’m Not There or Brad Bird voicing the eccentric Edna Mode in The Incredibles?  Incidentally, now I have an energetic toddler I’m growing to understand the stretchy Mrs Incredible and her speedy son Dash.

I’ve just realised that in a previous (10 Things I Hate About You) I gave an honourable mention to actress (is this term politically correct?) Hilary Swank’s portrayal of the real-life female-to-male (F2M) Teena Brandon in Boys Don’t Cry.  To attempt to redress the balance I’d like to point you at Terence Stamp’s recently bereaved male-to-female (F2M) Bernadette in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.  I’m sure friends will point out any lapses in terminology I may have just made.

Having said all that, I’d now like to focus on Felicity Huffman as a pre-operative M2F Bree in Transamerica: “My body may be a work-in-progress, but there is nothing wrong with my soul”.  I think most of us can empathise with this to some extent.  In this unshowy, unconventional road trip movie, Bree reluctantly rides to the rescue of her wayward estranged son.  Could a trans actor have played the role as well?  Maybe.  Did the film need a “star” in order to get made?  Probably.  And she did a great job.

The image for this film didn’t take too much thinking about – the two halves of the film’s dual title represented by the Star Spangled Banner superimposed onto the symbolic letter.  The drawing may be slightly dishevelled, but it could be argued that the same goes for the country.

Honourable mentions for 2005: Rachel Weiss’ doomed diplomatic wife in the adaptation of John Le Carre’s book The Constant Gardener, which I’ve re-watched/read recently and still think features one of the most realistic cinematic sex scenes.  Also, Naomi Watts facing off a giant, hairy monster (not Peter Jackson!) in King Kong.






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