Transamerica

Synopsis: Southern Californian Bree Osbourne, formerly Stanley Chupak, has finally received the news for which she has been waiting: she has been approved for male-to-female sexual reassignment surgery. But before Margaret, her therapist, will allow her to go through with the surgery scheduled in a week's time, Bree has to deal with an unresolved problem from her past. Bree gets a telephone call from a seventeen year old man named Toby Wilkins, who is looking for Stanley, his biological father. Toby is in a New York jail, having been supporting himself by petty crime and hustling. Stanley/Bree knew nothing about Toby before the telephone call. Toby apparently is all alone in the world, with his mother having committed suicide and being estranged from his stepfather in Tennessee. Masquerading as a Christian social worker, Bree, not telling him either of her true identity or her transgender status, bails Toby out of jail and tells him she will take him to Los Angeles, where Toby has aspirations of
Director(s): Duncan Tucker
Production: Weinstein Company
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 23 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.4
Metacritic:
66
Rotten Tomatoes:
77%
R
Year:
2005
103 min
$8,713,873
Website
885 Views


I'm gonna say our mantra.

''This is the voice I want to use. ''

over and over again.

but with different inflections.

and I want you to try to mimic

what I'm doing.

This is the voice I want to use.

This is the voice I want to use.

Now. what we're gonna do

is press down on our tongue

and sot of watch what's happening

at the back of our mouths.

Ready?

Aaaah...

Any suicidal tendencies?

No.

You ever felt

as though you were being followed?

No.

Any history of family mental illness?

No.

Medical procedures to date?

The usual electrolysis.

three years of hormone therapy.

facial feminization surgery.

brow lift. forehead reduction.

jaw re-contouring.

and a tracheal shave.

You look very authentic.

I try to blend in.

Keep a low profile.

I believe the slang terminology

is ''Living Stealth. ''

Do you consider yourself

a happy person?

Yes.

l mean, no.

l mean...

l will be.

Miss Osbourne,

there's no such thing

as a right answer in this office.

Yes, l'm a very happy person.

How can l help you

if you won't be honest with me?

You can sign that consent form.

Please.

The American Psychiatric Association

categorizes gender dysphoria

as a very serious mental disorder.

After my operation,

not even a gynecologist

will be able to detect

anything out of the ordinary

about my body.

l will be a woman.

Don't you find it odd

that plastic surgery

can cure a mental disorder?

How do you feel about your penis?

lt disgusts me.

l don't even like looking at it.

What about friends?

They don't like it, either.

No, l mean,

do you have the support of friends?

l'm very close to my therapist.

What about your family?

My family is dead.

You take some hormones

And l'll take some hormones

l'll be a woman before you

Make me happy when skies...

Sh*t.

l mean darn.

Darn. l mean darn it.

Darn it, darn it, darn it.

Mmm.

Good night, Bree.

Sleep tight, Bree.

Hmm.

I Orale !

Oh!

This is the voice.

l...this...

this is the voice.

This is the voice.

Hello.

May l please speak to

Mrs. or Mrs. Bhumibol Niratpattanasani?

Mrs. Niratpattanasani,

this is Bree Osbourne calling

with a special introductory offer

from the National Home Shopping...

Hello?

Hello.

Stanley Schupak

doesn't live here anymore.

Who's calling?

Stanley doesn't have a son.

You must have the wrong number.

How old are you?

Why don't you call your mother?

Hello. May l please speak

to Mr. Jamal Niang?

Mr. Niang, it's Bree Osbourne calling

from the National Home Shopping Club

with a special introductory rate

of only $19.90...

Hello?

He signed it.

l am so proud of you!

Two signatures.

l hereby pronounce you officially legal

to undergo sexual reassignment surgery.

Thank you.

l just...

Mmm.

Thank you.

So...

What else is new?

l made my sales quota

for the month on Tuesday.

That pink lamb's wool cardigan

that l ordered arrived.

Oh, and this is odd.

l got a phone call last night

from a juvenile inmate

of the New York prison system.

- He claimed to be Stanley's son.

- No third person.

My son.

l thought you told me

that you were a virgin.

Hmm.

There was this one girl at college,

but the whole thing was so...

tragically lesbian that

l didn't think it counted.

Wow!

A son.

An alleged son.

He's probably just

some sort of scam artist.

What is he scamming you for?

Well, l guess we'll never know.

Nothing is gonna stop me

from checking into

that hospital next week.

l'm not gonna get dragged back

into Stanley's old life.

Stanley's life is your life.

Why don't you get in touch

with the mother?

She's dead.

Anyway, he's practically 1 8.

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Duncan Tucker

Duncan Tucker is an American film director and screenwriter.Tucker was born in Arizona and graduated from New York University. After the short subject film The Mountain King, which was screened at over 31 international festivals, he wrote and directed his first feature film, Transamerica. His book Many Fish is published by Ascent, and his photos and pictures are exhibited at many New York art galleries. more…

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