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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.
The film is filled with striking, sometimes painful images...
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.
Its characters are caricatures who almost defy empathy, although it's possible that Mr. Rodrigues isn't the one to blame in that some people do choose to live such one-dimensional lives.
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.
humane and tender
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.
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.
Sublime tale of a drag queen whose life is consumed with caring for her junkie boyfriend, who wants her to become a woman. Rodrigues directs with long, fluid takes & vibrant color filters that create a singular and oddly enrapturing atmosphere.At its heart it's a celebration of humanity, a probing exploration of self-identity and image, of personal desires vs. expectations, striking a note that is so very, very true.
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