Tangerine

It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra, embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.

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  • ★★★★½ review by Matt Singer on Letterboxd

    Donut Time forever.

  • ★★★★½ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd

    A reinvigorating reminder of what indie filmmaking can—and should—do, this bracingly brilliant new movie from Starlet writer-director Sean Baker tells an L.A. story so florid and electric that it feels like a Pedro Almodóvar remake of Crank.

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  • ★★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd

    Far and away my favorite final shot of 2015.

  • ★★★★ review by Willow Catelyn on Letterboxd

    Sean Baker's cinema is one that sees the humanity in all individuals above any sense of injected characterization. His camera follows instead of insists upon itself and it creates a sense of verite within his work. This is only amplified by the fact that this is informed by iphone filters and attention to current technologies that people may use to document their real lives. This is what I find most impressive about Tangerine: it documents instead of dramatizing, and sees these people simply for who they are. There's no patting itself on the back for being a story about trans woman where trans women inhabit the roles, and there is no pretension in fabricating narrative tropes to make these and other characters products of previous cinema. This is cinema of the ground, of real life and of empathy from the police officers all the way down to the fast food workers who just want to get home for Christmas.

  • ★★★½ review by Tasha Robinson on Letterboxd

    So glad I caught up with this innovative film, shot on an iPhone and built, unusually, around trans characters actually played by, and inspired by, trans actors. It's a fun "scene" movie, focusing on what it's like to be part of one particular cluster of competitive but like-minded friends and rivals in a seedy part of Hollywood, among prostitutes, pimps, and the late-night crowd. I just wish I'd been more engaged with the actual action, which centers on an awful lot of screaming — between people who are meant to be friends but can't listen to each other, between people staking out their ownership of each other, between people attacking each other verbally in order to hold off attacking each other physically. Given all the high-pitched confrontation, this film should have been a lot tenser, but I found all the drama fairly laughable and histrionic. What's really touching is Alexandra, the one character who's trying to actually accomplish something important to her, and can't catch a break from her friends or the movie because everyone else is operating in such a shrill, need-driven world that they have little time for each other. Ultimately what makes this movie for me isn't the hysteria or the fights, it's everything that flows under them: The deep sense of unhappiness, the need to belong and be recognized and cared for. The final moment of the film is just heartbreaking and wonderful.

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