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Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

Powerful and emotional in equal measure, this movie is based on the real-life story of Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was murdered in Nebraska in 1993.

Hilary Swank delivers a stunning performance as Brandon, capturing the complexity and depth of his character with great nuance and sensitivity.

The strongest element in this is its unflinching portrayal of the violence and discrimination faced by transgender people. The film’s depiction of Brandon’s struggle to be himself in a world that refuses to accept him is both heartbreaking and infuriating. It’s a powerful reminder of the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights and equality.

Additionally, the film’s cinematography and music score add to its overall impact. The cinematography effectively captures the haunting beauty of the rural Midwestern landscape, while the score perfectly complements the film’s emotional journey.

Its impact has only grown over the years, and it remains one of the best and most important films of the past few decades.


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