To Die Like A Man (2011)



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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, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata, Rui Catalão, João Rui Guerra DaMata
In Theaters:
Box Office: $3.9k
Strand Releasing


as Dr. Felgueiras
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Critic Reviews for To Die Like A Man

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

The praise for this static, overlong, stagebound work is a mystery to me.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

[Refuses] to soften the harsher personal truths faced by aging professional salesmen of erotic fantasy.

Full Review… | April 7, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

The film is filled with striking, sometimes painful images...

Full Review… | April 7, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

A mysterious, fabulously sad fable about the final months of a fado-singing, pooch-pampering drag diva.

Full Review… | April 6, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

It fulfills the promise of its title with hard-hitting compassion and a crystal-clear sense of grace.

Full Review… | April 6, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
Globe and Mail
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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.

Greg S

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