Red Without Blue (2007)
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In 1983, Mark and Alexander Farley were born minutes apart in Big Sky country with an identical genetic make-up. The twins' early lives were quintessential by-products of their all-American family: picture perfect holidays, a second home by the lake, supportive parents who cheered them on every step of the way. By the time they were 14, their parents had divorced, they had come out as gay, and a joint suicide attempt precipitated a forced separation of Mark and Alex for two and half years.
Today, Mark is attending art school in San Francisco, and Alex is living as a woman named Clair in New York. RED WITHOUT BLUE explodes our notions of self-hood and sexual identity through its deeply personal look at the unique and unconventional relationship between Mark and Clair as they mature into adulthood.
Extensive interviews with each twin candidly depicts the difficulties of growing up gay in Montana, the deleterious effects of their parents' separation, and the boundaries crossed as drugs and sexual experimentation spiraled out of control. Lyrical vignettes illustrate these darker periods of the twins' adolescence through hauntingly beautiful, manipulated home-movies, family photographs, and experimental sequences shot on super-8 film. From Mark's perspective, we learn about the singular bond that the twins shared as children, the hardships they bore, and Mark's evolving perspective now that his identical twin ceases to be identical. Through the power of Mark's voice we hear the story of his family's redemption from a dark past, and ultimately, its revival to the present.
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Critic Reviews for Red Without Blue
Red Without Blue is an understated but compassionate account of twin brothers who struggle to define themselves in terms of individuality and sexual identity.
Novelistic in its languid twists and turns, this astounding film superimposes images and photographs, or pans across the twins' shimmering hometown lake, only to dive in between the layers, plunging into the murky depths of identity and self-reflection.
Present-tense drama comes when one of the boys decides he wants to be a girl, a development the filmmakers mine -- responsibly but resourcefully -- for strains of significance.
Audience Reviews for Red Without Blue
[font=Century Gothic]"Red without Blue" is a partially engrossing documentary about changes in life and how nothing ever turns out the way we think it will. By the time twin brothers Mark and Alex Farley have become adults, they are both out of the closet as gay men, barely surviving the macho culture of their native Missoula, Montana.(Where men are real men. Ammunition is sold at Walmart. And a stag's head welcomes visitors at the local airport.) Mark is now Oliver and living in San Francisco as an artist. Alex is now Clair, a pre-op transsexual and student living in New York, who ponders gender reassignment surgery which puts a strain on her friendship with her brother.[/font]
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