Boys Don’t Cry (1999)


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 .  Academy Awards 1999European Film Awards 1999.  Golden Globe Awards 1999 .   Toronto International Film Festival 1999.  

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.

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