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Tiresia [2003] [DVD]

Laurent Lucas , Clara Choveaux , Bertrand Bonello    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD

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French drama, based on the Greek myth of Tiresias, who was both male and female at the same time. Played by Clara Choveaux, Tiresia is a young Brazilian transsexual living in a rough neighbourhood on the outskirts of Paris. Refined aesthete Terranova (Laurent Lucas) becomes obsessed with Tiresia and kidnaps her, dragging her off to the country. However, removed from her regular supply of hormones, Tiresia gradually begins to change back into a man (where he is played by Thiago Telès). Terranova becomes disgusted with him, and in his rage cuts the boy's eyes out. Blinded, Tiresia wanders the countryside until he is found by Anna (Célia Catalifo), a young girl who decides to take care of him.

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Actors: Laurent Lucas, Clara Choveaux, Thiago Teles, Celia Catalifo, Lou Castel
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Manufacturer: Tartan Video

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Illusion Is Not The Real Thing, The Copy Is Perfect" 19 Jan 2008
By Brian E. Erland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Note: French and Portuguese with English subtitles.

Synopsis: Teresia (Clara Choveaux) is an alluring transsexual from Brazil earning a living in France as a prostitute. She is picked up one night by a customer (Laurent Lucas) who takes her to a secluded location and makes her his prisoner. Fearful of what could happen if he is discovered he blinde Teresia and leaves her for dead secluded road Tiresia is rescued by a young girl named Anna (Celia Catalifo) who nursed him/her back to health. Upon healing Tiresia now possesses the gift of second sight and begins foretelling coming events to anyone who will listen.

Critique: I had high hopes for the '03 film `Tiresia'. While I'm not generally attracted to erotica, the fact that the storyline was based on a Greek myth that dealt with second sight immediately caught my attention. Unfortunately for my tastes this modern interpretation simply didn't life up to my expectations.

Positives:
- `Tiresia' is successful at creating a smoldering, brooding atmosphere and lots of existential angst that produces the feel and texture of a grander drama just beyond the veil of the mundane drama unfolding the screen.
- The soundtrack is highly original and perfectly enhances the perception of otherness.
- The production values are first rate throughout.
- There are also some very good, though subdued performances.

Negatives:
- The pace is exceedingly slow and the dialogue just isn't profound enough to keep the audience fully engaged.
- The storyline drifts into incoherency at times and the ending is unsatisfying.

Maybe it's just too nihilistic for me, but whether that's the reason or not it's definitely not something I'd care to watch again which is my bottom line in evaluating any film. However with that said I'm sure there's a body of film fans out there that would love this film.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you're transgender, be very wary of this film 7 April 2011
By S. Feldman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My suggestion to anyone transgender interested in seeing this
film is not to do so. I myself am a sort of transgender known as
androgyne (someone with the gender identity of both a man and a
woman -- or neither) and I found this film to be stifling and
disspiriting. I think the effect would be worse for someone who is
transsexual. The transgender character is abused both physically
and spiritually in this film like I have seen in no other, and
the film's hyperrealistic visual style makes the suffering all
the more palpable.

I was drawn to the film because of the androgynous aspects of
the original myth of Tiresius, and thought that the film would
embellish and augment different things than it did. All it did,
really, was heighten the misery of the situations. Its attempts
at poetry are cynical, ironic, and paradoxical. As a morality
tale, it is appalling, and it reveals the sick underside of the
church in a whole new way.
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging movie 28 Jun 2014
By Windwolfess - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this movie. Would it mainly be some sort of sexually-focused movie, something poorly acted, something cheap? It had good reviews, and I speak French and Spanish, so I thought that this might be interesting. Knowing Spanish didn't help all that much, because the non-French dialog was in Portuguese, but the subtitles got me through those parts.

You can read about the plot elsewhere, and it might be a good idea to read or refresh yourself with the myth of Tiresia, the blind seer. It is the pretext, if not the context, of this movie. What this movie really explores is the duality of life: male/female; priest/pervert; old/young; taker/giver; and finally, alive/dead. I found this movie fascinating in that nothing was totally as it seemed, that each person or situation held its opposite. Tiresia embraced that duality and it gave him/her sight. She/he was happy not to too narrowly define her/his gender, and it was the embrace of this dichotomy and duality that attracted everyone to him/her. Someone who lives in opposite worlds at the same time comes to see beyond what most people see, and so Tiresia was sought out.

A complex movie indeed, and one that I would highly recommend!
4.0 out of 5 stars NC-17, if rated in the USA 30 Jan 2013
By Joe V. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is an adult film and if rated in the USA, it would be NC-17. It definitely is inappropriate for anyone under 17. It was inspired by something from Greek mythology, but is set in modern France. It has some very disturbing scenes. Without looking up reviews, I cannot say that I understood what the director was exactly trying to say. It does have some expositions of a part of society that are not talked about openly, so I would say that this lack of exposure probably explains somewhat my lack of understanding of the themes that the director had in mind.
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting film and topic 23 Feb 2012
By M. C. Willis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I liked the movie, but it got a little too "French" at the end - the ending made no sense at all. I'd like to see what Hollywood could do with the topic.
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