(out of 5)
Hilary Swank gives a fantastic performance as Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon until she grows up and realizes that her identity is that of a male. No surprise that unveiling this aspect of himself doesn’t go over quite as well as you’d hope in a gritty Nebraska town. Chloe Sevigny is excellent as Teena’s girlfriend, a woman who suspects the truth about her boyfriend but feels such love for him that she wouldn’t care either way. This is true independently-minded filmmaking, and directorial newcomer Kimberly Peirce does a fantastic job of sticking to her guns all the way. That said, it’s also a dark and upsetting movie that is not at all easy to sit through despite being totally worth it.
Directed by Kimberly Peirce
Screenplay by Kimberly Peirce, Andy Bienan
Cinematography by Jim Denault
Music by Nathan Larson
Production Design by Michael Shaw
Costume Design by Victoria Farrell