Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

KIMBERLY PEIRCE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

USA, 1999.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, The Independent Film Channel Productions, Killer Films, Hart-Sharp Entertainment.  Screenplay by Kimberly Peirce, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Hilary Swank gives a fantastic performance as Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon until coming to terms with his male identity; it comes as 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 seems not to care either way.

This is a dark and upsetting movie that is not at all easy to sit through despite being totally worth it.

Academy Award:  Best Actress (Hilary Swank)
Nomination: Best Supporting Actress (Chloe Sevigny)

European Film Award Nomination:  Screen International Award

Golden Globe Award:  Best Actress-Drama (Hilary Swank)
Nomination: Best Supporting Actress (Chloe Sevigny)

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations:  Best Actress (Hilary Swank); Best Supporting Actress (Chloe Sevigny)

Toronto International Film Festival:  1999

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