Rock’s Report From The 58th SF Intl Film Festival: Sean Baker’s “Tangerine”

Energetic, full of life, all over the place, and if nothing else a damn good time. Before I begin this (final) review of the SFIFF #58 films I want to say thanks to the San Francisco Film Society for putting on a wonderful festival and I look forward to working with you all in the future. Your team was amazing and helpful. Now down to business: Tangerine.

The whole damn thing was shot on an iPhone 5s, a format no filmmaker should be telling their story on. But with that being said the movie turned out to be a joyful end to my first film festival run as a journalist. Directed by Sean Baker Tangerine follows a particular charismatic transvestite around the city looking to get revenge on her boyfriend/pimp for cheating on her. On paper that sounds simple, yet by the level of depth these characters give and as each layer gets peeled back by the end of the movie you are struck with awe at the basic core of existing as a human being. Everybody wants to be loved and feel like they belong, no?

This movie might not be for everyone because of the subject matter but don’t let that stop you from seeing a brutally honest film. Kudos to the directors and crew and stars for their bravery.


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