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Day 255: January 10th, 2011

Boys Don't Cry

Great performances drive the film.

Kimberly Periceís film Boys Donít Cry is a moving piece that deals with such themes as identity, things not being what they seem, freedom, integrity and acceptance.

Brandon Teena is a young woman who portrays herself as a man. After some locals find this out they chase after her, which leads Brandon to another city, where she finds love that leads to hate.

The opening scene showing the main character driving down a road is mostly done with close-ups. The road, the eyes in the rear view mirror, we donít know who this person is or where they are going. This characterís intentions are not clear. We donít even know if it is a man or a woman, which is what the rest of the film deals with, the sexual identity of this character. We get a glimpse in the life of this character, and know that they desire to be someone they arenít.

The theme of integrity and Brandonís lack of integrity as a male and of other characters plays a key role in the plot. Brandon just wanted freedom to wander the world without fear, without judgment from others. The film takes the viewer on a journey of discovery, we ourselves try to figure out who we are and why we do the things we do. Hilary Swank is remarkable as the lead, playing two characters in one. Chole Sevigny holds her own against Swank, she knows Brandonís secret, but tries to hide it, which leads to horrible things.