To Die Like A Man (2011)
Tonia is a large-than-life drag icon of Lisbon's night life in the late 1980s. At the peak of her career, she meets and falls in love with Rosario, a young soldier who's gone AWOL. Under pressure from Rosario, Tonia begins a series of operations to become a woman but the final step proves much harder than she could have guessed. Torn between her love for Rosario and her deeply-rooted religious convictions, Tonia looks for distraction in a trip to the countryside with Rosario. Lost along the way, the couple find themselves in an enchanted forest where everything they think they know about life and love is proven wrong. Part melodrama, part phantasmagorical fairy tale, TO DIE LIKE A MAN is visual extravaganza. Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival. Portugal's Official Selection for Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. -- (C) Strand … More
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Critic Reviews for To Die Like A Man
The praise for this static, overlong, stagebound work is a mystery to me.
[Refuses] to soften the harsher personal truths faced by aging professional salesmen of erotic fantasy.
A mysterious, fabulously sad fable about the final months of a fado-singing, pooch-pampering drag diva.
It fulfills the promise of its title with hard-hitting compassion and a crystal-clear sense of grace.
The camera also lingers in slow and stylized shots, generating strange images (a chicken bone in a fish-filled aquarium) that are elusive in meaning yet undeniable in visual impact.
While indebted to Fassbinder, Rodrigues finds his own distinct register of melodrama and demonstrates an ability to up the stakes with unexpected stylistic choices or dramatic coups.
Well-acted and unflinching, but tedious, pretentious, overlong and tonally uneven.
Indulging Rodriguez's ugliness limits the image of gay life and gay culture to negativity and grotesquerie.
Despite the hothouse atmosphere or the backstage tantrums and a suicide attempt, [director] Rodrigues lowers the temperature with his slow, steady camera for a flabby 138 minutes.
Just be the trippiest film released this year, with several of the most delicious transvestites around being truly absurd. Who knew? Drag and Death, a match made in heaven.
Audience Reviews for To Die Like A Man
A pre-op transsexual drag queen lives with a suicidal junkie. CORRECTION TO MY EARLIER REVIEW: This movie should get an "incomplete" rating from me, since I watched a flawed version via Netflix streaming. The dtreaming version is missing the audio track; I assumed that this was an experimental gimmick by the director, but in fact it was just a technical error.More
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