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Southern Comfort (2001)

Cast: Maxwell Scott Anderson, Robert Eads, Lola Cola
Director: Kate Davis, Kate Davis
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Docurama
Genre: Documentary, Biographies, Political & Social Issues
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
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Kate Davis' digitally shot documentary chronicles the last year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual dying of terminal ovarian cancer in the backwoods of rural Georgia. Broken up into seasons, the feature introduces viewers to a community of transsexual persons (many of whom have received poor medical care), including Maxwell, Robert's best friend and sparring partner, and Lola Cola, a male-to-female transsexual who has become Robert's life partner after a lengthy friendship. Often regarded as the patriarch of this small but tight clan, Robert finds that his cancer is accelerating; his loved ones all lend support, including his son, his parents, and his beloved granddaughter. When Robert can no longer care for himself, Lola decides to care for him full-time. The two prepare for the annual Southern Comfort conference, a yearly event created for transgendered individuals, where Robert and Lola have been selected to lead a panel, all while Robert's health is in jeopardy. Robert's final wish is granted when he is able to attend the event, joined by his nearest and dearest friends and Lola, his devoted lover. ~ Jason Clark, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Tops the list for documentaries I've seen lately by Misshaped April 7, 2004 - 12:03 PM PDT
9 out of 9 members found this review helpful
This movie holds you witness to the beautiful, yet painful decline of a charming human being, Robert Eads. I have only the deepest respect for a person who is willing to undergo so much in order to become the man that he always felt he really was. His chosen family are fascinating and engaging to watch, challenging all stereotypes you might have of transgendered folks. I really encourage you to see this film.

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