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still from Boys Don't Cry (Kimberly Peirce, US 1999)

Boys Don't Cry

Kimberly Peirce / US, 1999 / 118 min.

Brandon, a young trans man, arrives in a small town in the American midwest looking for friendship and love. Brandon finds love with Lana (Chloë Sevigny), but the locals’ stereotypes bring their idyll to a gruesome end. Oscar for Hilary Swank.

poster Boys Don't Cry (Kimberly Peirce, US 1999)
Boys Don't Cry, one of the big independent films from the 1990’s was based on the real-life murder of Brandon Teena in small town America in 1993, transforming the newspaper report into an empathetic, confrontational drama that was one of the few at the time to centre on a transgender person’s perspective.

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Scenes from this movie may cause fearThis movie contains scenes of violenceThis movie contains scenes showing explicit sexPersons under 12 years must be accompanied by an adultThis movie contains foul language


Kimberly Peirce

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Boys Don't Cry


118 min.







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