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Critic Reviews for Aggressives
It's just a loose collection of interviews about its subjects' feelings and back stories.
In a movie that deals with controversial sexual, racial and class issues, the boldest observation is the most basic: that we each have the right to define our own realities, and live comfortably within them.
A novel, accomplished documentary about a subset of New York City lesbians.
The Aggressives is more than just performance studies, as Peddle includes ample footage of real-life hardship.
Audience Reviews for Aggressives
This is a good modern companion piece to the classic Paris is Burning, only this time around the subjects are on the lesbian wavelength.
The director did an excellent job at selecting truly compelling people and edits it all (6 years of footage) to make a beautiful and comprehensible timeline of events in these people's lives. This is a "microscope" doc, like Paris is Burning and Gendernauts, and focuses on people within one small community. Still the things they deal with are universal and the issues of gender and sexuality addressed can benefit anyone in terms of broadening your perspective.
The director is very minimally invasive, almost invisible, and the subjects are utterly open and comfortable with the camera. Can't recommend it enough.
I liked this mainly because it is a subculture that I have not been exposed to. I was totally behind what the participants were striving for. Good on Daniel Peddle for giving us a glimpse over a five year period. Nice commitment pays off.
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