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This film does not pander. Rather, it demands that the viewer rise to the occasion.
While affirming the dignity of its subjects, "Mala Mala" shows there's little glamour attached to the pursuit of selfhood.
The outcome of this campaign gives the film a heroic arc, and yet amid all the images of celebration and joyful physical abandon the most lingering images are the ones depicting daily routines.
Beginning as a colorful documentary about the Puerto Rican transgender community... Mala Mala slowly morphs into a celebration of solidarity and collective activism without ever losing sight of its likable protagonists.
Mala Mala depicts its subjects with an uncommon degree of empathy and understanding, not to mention glamor.
The contrast illuminates the culture, which inherently deals with the dilemma of being true to oneself underneath a skin different than the one they were born into.
Mala Mala is a highly entertaining emotional documentary that takes the audience from the seedy nightlife, and ultimately onto the steps of the state capital in a rousing upbeat finale.
Colorful and beautifully shot, Mala Mala is occasionally as tender and provocative as some of Pedro Almodóvar's best work.
Fascinating, absorbing, sensitive documentary. . .guided through the trans community in Puerto Rico. . ., thoughtful about male/female stereotypes [and] individuality.
It's framed as 'the transgender experience', which is about as useful as calling something 'the female experience', but looked at simply as a sample and understood in its cultural context, it's still an interesting film.
Co-directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini approach their subjects with healthy curiosity and consistent respect.
Mala Mala is infinitely interesting in its consideration of the power dynamics between the viewer and the subject in a less common type of gaze.
The fact that this film talks about transsexuals and drag queens as if they all belonged in the same group is not only counterproductive in terms of information but exposes its lack of focus, which is also evident in the unnecessarily large amount of characters that are presented.
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