They (2017)



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Through the prism of J, notions of in-between-ness, be that gender, national/ cultural identity, or indeed the very puzzling idea(s) of "home", are explored. Fourteen-year-old J goes by the pronoun 'They" and lives with their parents in the suburbs of Chicago. J is exploring their gender identity while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty. After two years of medication and therapy, J has to make a decision whether or not to transition. Over this crucial weekend while their parents are away, J's sister Lauren and her maybe/maybe-not Iranian partner Araz arrive to take care of J. During this time together, J, Lauren and Araz form an intimate family unit. Each character is in a state of suspension, of being in-between, of not belonging. J voices what all three feel: a reluctance to change, a desire to remain in childhood where innocence is still possible even as it recedes into the distance

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Though Ghazvinizadeh's voice is wholly her own, Kiarostami's influence is all over They. And if you're going to borrow from someone, one of the most singular filmmakers of the last 50 years isn't a bad place to start.

May 25, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Featuring a doggedly pretentious style, "They" also includes clunky scripting, with every conversational exchange coming across as a didactic information dump recited by actors rather than a natural chat between actual people.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…
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By remaining deliberately enigmatic, They winds up nearly passing alongside the unique and very special character that lies at its heart.

May 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Here's a film where a gender nonconforming teenager walks through their neighborhood and is greeted with dignity. Perhaps not a fashionable thought, but it's certainly a hopeful image to strive for.

Oct 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Tender and contemplative, but as it meanders to its not-quite conclusion, it misses a ripe opportunity to give a stronger voice to a character the likes of which isn't often heard.

May 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Writer/director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh gives the film a lyrical, meditative quality.

Apr 24, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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