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Trans (1998)

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A sensitive but misguided teenager hits the road for a series of adventures in this independent drama. After escaping from a juvenile detention facility in the South, a young man tries to stay a few steps ahead of the law as he meets a variety of friendly and not-so-friendly strangers.more
Rating: Unrated (adult situations/language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Julian Goldberger
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2001
Runtime:
Wellspring Media Inc.

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Cast

Ryan Daugherty
as Ryan Kazinski
Justin Lakes
as Justin Mallenkoff
Jon Daugherty
as Little Brother
Michael Gulnac
as Mike Gonzales
Charles Walker
as Inmate/Party Rapper
Elijah Smith
as Inmate/Party Rapper
Louis Lugo
as Fighter Inmate
Kurt Wahlberg
as Incoming Inmate
Jeremiah Robinson
as Inmate/Party Rapper
Ryan Metke
as Inmate
Chris X
as Inmate
Carrol Crews
as Cop Car Driver
Steve Tutko
as Rancher
Dolly Whidden
as Rocking Chair Woman
Debra Halcomb
as One of the Porch Peo...
Andy Matz
as One of the Porch Peo...
Roger Terrell
as One of the Porch Peo...
Roy Absher
as Porch Person
Benny Sumner
as Porch Person
Charles Halcomb
as Porch Person
Thomas Curtis
as Porch Person
Nathan Thompson
as Porch Person
John Clark
as Porch Person
Doug Kendall
as Porch Person
Carmi Terrell
as Porch Person
Jami Halcomb
as Porch Person
Chris Halcomb
as Porch Person
Julian Goldberger
as Man at Desk
Sevan Grossman
as Dancing Girl
Joy Lynn Clark
as Kwanza Lady
Zach Green
as Fight Instigator
Antione Williams
as Party Dancer
Monique Smith
as Party Girl
Latoya Anderson
as Party Girl
Sarah Wampler
as Wasted Step-Sister
Lindsey Goetz
as Wasted Girl
Deja Barbosa
as Wasted Girl
J.R. Grimes
as Kid In Box
John Looney
as Downtown Kid
John Moore
as Downtown Kid
Anthony de Perro
as Downtown Kid
Adam Schere
as Downtown Kid
Ryan Watkins
as Downtown Kid
Carson Craig
as Downtown Kid
Ruth Hanford
as Downtown Kid
Dustin Fridkin
as Downtown Kid
Jeremy Gilmer
as Downtown Kid
Mike Powelson
as Downtown Kid
Dayna Triglet
as Downtown Kid
Glenn Papp
as Downtown Kid
Chris Muckerheide
as Downtown Kid
Steve Pomaric
as Downtown Kid
Adam Volk
as `Never Even Heard of...
Edge
as Bus Station Ticket C...
Michael Robinson
as Sex Solicitor
Stephanie Davis
as Boston Cream Girl
Stephanie Davis
as Boston Cream Girl
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Critic Reviews for Trans

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | November 20, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
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A bleak look at a troubled teenager's life.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

October 13, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

January 14, 2005
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Audience Reviews for Trans

Trans mixes styles and shifts gears, creating eye-searing imagery on what was obviously a tiny budget. It's not, to be kind, the most narratively driven movie you'll ever see; narration and music attempt to string together what's often an aimless series of events. But aimlessness is surely the point, since in Trans what turns people to crime is not evil but boredom.

½

Better after repeat veiwings. Seek this out!

I loved this, a a fantastic soundtrack helps take us through a few days in the life of a 16 year old Ryan Kazinski in a Florida Juvenile Detention, early on a fight breaks out between two boys, while their out picking up trash on the highway. While the gaurds rush to break them out, several boys just take of running in all directions, Ryan is among them. Its not til theyre halfway in the swamp do any of them stop to consider what their doing. It wont come for Ryan til halfway into the movie, when his brother asks "why did you run? You only had a month left?", and he responds, "lets not talk about it. Doesnt matter now". Whatever stupid thing got him locked up, is now rivaled by his equally stupid attempt at escape. His father is never mentioned, and his mother lives in another state he thinks, he and his younger brother who visits him in detention both arent sure.

Once he escapes, freedom includes sitting on the porch with some old guys in front of a gas station, getting beat up in a parking lot for stepping on someones bear bottle tops, listening to fellow escapees free-style, a robbery at a dog pound and stealing a puppy, huffig aerosal out of cool whip in the supermarket, night swimming, evading the police, and visiting his younger brother in turn(the emotional heart of the film).

What he does isnt whats impressive about this movie(most of the time hes either a child or an idiot), its the way its shown, the use of music, sound, camera, and voice over, that makes so engrossing. Style over substance maybe, but I prefer to think the movie itself, enriches and exceeds the narrow confines of the story, as all good films should.

And now the comparisons: rambling voice over from Terrance Malick, music from Morvern Callar and Paranoid Park(which I wouldnt doubt Van Sant saw before going on to his film), story ala Down By Law, some white trash moments from Harmony Korine(with more compasion and less freak show). But those are its references, and scarecly give you sense of how exhilerating and exuberant the whole thing is.

Theres little dialogue, and the story feels plotless at points, but by the end, every visit and encounter has had consequences on another. If there is a message to this(if there must be), maybe its that even the seemingly meaningless and impulsive decisions made always have consequences later, but they can richocet to worse, just as well as to better. The ending may seem underthought to some, but I appreciated that it didnt devolve into another muddled indie tragedy. Instead it took off into the clouds.

This movie resonated with me, even its uneveness and flaws. I was mesmerized from the first frame to the last. Like southern fried, french new wave. I really, really want the soundtrack. Beautiful and hypnotic.

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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Ryan Kazinski is a 16 year old kid who has been locked up in a Florida juvenile detention agency. During a routine road cleaning exercise, two kids break out fighting and Ryan escapes into the Florida swamps. Ryan spends his days on the streets making friends and devising a plan to find his way to Colorado to visit his mother; however, life on the streets is rough and it costs some serious money. Will Ryan make it to Colorado?[/color][/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]?Why do you think we?re here today??[/color][/size][/font]
[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]?Different reasons.?[/color][/size][/font]
[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]?I think the corn drew us here.?[/color][/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Julian Goldberger, director of The Eulipion and The Hawk is Dying, delivers Trans. The storyline for this film had a lot of potential based on its plot; however, it does go in a couple directions that did not work for me. Ryan Daugherty delivers an above average performance as the lead character in this picture.[/color][/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]?He?s just weird in a way that I don?t know if I can describe.?[/color][/size][/font]
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[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white]Trans was a film that recently aired on the Independent Film Channel (IFC). The storyline grabbed my attention due to past experiences with juvenile detention agencies. I was interested in the manner in which the children would be depicted. Daugherty?s performance was a solid depiction of a confused teenager with little direction trying to understand how the world works. I enjoyed Daugherty?s performance but the direction of the movie was a bit uneven. [/color][/font][/size]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Grade: C+[/color][/size][/font]

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