52 Tuesdays

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52 Tuesdays

Directed by Sophie Hyde

  • Australia 2014; 114 min
  • Original version: English
  • Genre: Drama
    • Best Director, World Cinema Dramatic Competition - Sundance FF
    • Crystal Bear - Berlinale Generation 14plus
    • Else, The Siegessäule Readers' Jury Award - Berlinale
    • Felix Special Jury Prize - Rio IFF

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Billie can’t believe her mother has decided to undergo gender reassignment surgery. James – as her mother now prefers to be known – has always wanted to be a man. The challenging journey will take one year. When Billie learns that she is to live with her father Tom in the meantime, she feels her own wishes have been ignored. James’ promise to spend every Tuesday afternoon with her is scant comfort. Nonetheless, James tries to observe his motherly responsibilities, while he goes through this change. There’s plenty going on in Billie’s own life, too. Enthralled by a clandestine amorous encounter between two pupils, she joins in. As a trio they continue to explore the parameters of their desires until their search for self-determination brings them into conflict with the adult world. When James tries to protect Billie, their already fragile relationship threatens to collapse. Sophie Hyde, known for her documentary films, makes use of a documentary style in her first drama. In order to achieve as much authenticity as possible, filming took place chronologically over a period of one year – but only on Tuesdays – with the story being developed alongside.

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