|TANGERINE (director/writer: Sean Baker; screenwriter: Chris Bergoch; cinematographer: Radium Cheung/Sean Bean; editor: Sean Baker; cast: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez (Sin-Dee Rella), Mya Taylor (Alexandra), Karren Karagulian (Razmik), Mickey O’Hagan (Dinah), James Ransone (Chester), Alla Tumanian (Ashken); Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Marcus Cox, Karrie Cox, Darren Dean/Shih-Ching Tsou; Magnolia Pictures; 2015)|
|"A not for everyone low-budget
raucous comedy on street-life for drag queen
prostitutes in Tinseltown during Christmas Eve."
by Dennis Schwartz
for everyone low-budget raucous comedy on street-life
for drag queen prostitutes in Tinseltown during
Christmas Eve. The indie bleak comedy was shot on an iPhone
5. Writer-director Sean Baker ("Starlet"/"Prince
of Broadway"/"Take Out") keeps things lively, crazy
funny and raw, as he and co-writer Chris Beroch
explore in a cinéma-verité style the sex-trade
subculture among a group of low-end transgender
prostitutes during one long day and holiday night in
the West Hollywood section of LA.
actresses Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez play
two street-wise L.A. transgender
hookers. Rodriguez was
just released from a stint of 28-days in prison. When
she hears from her best friend that her pimp/boyfriend
(James Ransone) has been seeing a
real female white girl (Mickey O’Hagan)
it breaks her heart and she tracks her down operating
with other hookers in a sleazy brothel motel. Thereby
she gives her a whupping before dragging her around
town to confront her dreamboat pimp in his Donut Time
third character of importance is the slimy middle-aged
Armenian-American cabbie (Karren
Karagulian). He's a married man with a child,
whose overbearing mother-in-law (Alla
Tumanian), who lives with him, catches him
in a lie about working on Christmas Eve and confronts
her cheating son-in-law with the gay prostitutes he
frequents at the Donut Time.
It's a funny, irreverent, sad and ridiculous slice-of-life drama that most Americans won't be able to relate to. How well you can relate to it will determine how much you like it.
REVIEWED ON 11/5/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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