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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Movie Review: Tanerine (2015)


Tangerine (2015)

Starring:  Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O' Hagan and James Ransone
 Directed By: Sean Baker
Release Date: July 10, 2015
Rating: 5/5

Summary: After getting released from jail, Sin-Dee, a prostitute, runs around town trying to find her pimp/boyfriend (I really just don't know) who cheated on her while she was incarcerated. 

My Thoughts: I was highly impressed by this movie and not only because it was shot entirely on an iPhone.  While that feat is one that deserves constant recognition, what I was impressed about was the story line and the acting. it's different from anything I've seen in a while, in a good way, though. While it was highly ridiculous and kind of over-the-top at times, it's realistic and the two leading ladies could do no wrong. I enjoyed every single minute of this movie from the ups and downs of Sin-Dee's journey to hunt down her philandering boyfriend/pimp, to Alexandra prostituting in cars and fighting the guy when he refuses to pay her to that final shot of them sitting together in the laundry mat. It's rough and it's gritty and a lot of people may say that nothing really happened, but is that really the case?

While nothing really is resolved and it makes it seem as if you just watched an episode of Bad Girls Club at some points, it's fucking real and hilarious. This movie is just these women trying to make it in the world and while there are some bumps in the road, they're making the best of it and that is what this movie is about. It's about life and while I know nothing about the life of a transgendered woman prostituting themselves, I will take these women's story as proof that this stuff happens. And not only that, but I care. I care about these women so much and want everything to work out, but the beauty in it is that I don't know and can only hope for everything to be okay. I feel for these women because each scene is so realistic even though crazy, the music cutting in through every scene makes me feel for these women and while, again, the shit that happens in this movie is crazy, it's real and that's what makes it such a great movie.

Did I mention it was filmed on iPhones entirely?

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