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Transfixed (2001)

Cast: Richard Bohringer, Richard Bohringer, Robinson Stevenin, more...
Director: Francis Girod, Francis Girod
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Studio: Picture This
Genre: Foreign, Suspense/Thriller, France, Gay & Lesbian, Features
Running Time: 106 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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A cross-dressing man allows himself to be used as bait to trap a killer in this crime-drama. Bo Ancelin (Robinson Stevenin) is a twentysomething man from Brussels who feels most comfortable dressing and living as a woman. Some might see Bo's lifestyle as a marked contrast to that of his father, a successful and well-regarded businessman, though it seems father has some secrets of his own after no-nonsense police detective, Paul Huysmans (Richard Bohringer), arrests him on charges of child molestation. While Bo bears his own scars from his upbringing, he's not eager to speak against his father in court, but before long both Bo and Huysmans have bigger fish to fry -- a serial killer is walking the streets of Brussels and choosing as his favored victims prostitutes and cross-dressers. When two of his friends are murdered by the killer, Bo decides he must step in to help catch the killer that Huysmans hasn't yet found on his own, though Bo soon falls into a dangerous position when he falls in love with Johnny (Stephane Metzger), a sullen and street-smart hustler who helps rent-boys find profitable assignations with older women. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

mesmerizing by filmnutt July 15, 2007 - 3:18 PM PDT
haunting and delicate, a story told as only a european can--skipping hollywood simplicity, sidestepping judgement of the sexual animal--

i loved this film--who we love whom we hate, a matter of chance, mystery and bewilderment. all explored and held up in affectionate confusion.

the cristalline beauty of robinson stevenin, an innocence forged from pain, his namorado, stephane metzger (aaah a perfect man of strength, beauty)

all well-cast--i had a problem with the delayed english captions though.

throughout the day's work the film has stayed with me, like the scent of a lover. a certain sign of beauty encountered.

Yeah: Like by some horrible accident by talltale February 5, 2006 - 8:07 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
An interesting example of the motion picture as train wreck, TRANSFIXED does manage to transfix you: it's hypnotically awful yet you can't quite divert your eyes. We watched it because we'd seen and enjoyed Robinson Stevein in a smaller role in the infinitely better "La Petite Lili." Here, as a transvestite, he gives a marvelous performance, even though the movie's a mess--offering just about all the heavy-handed French pretension imaginable, rolled up into one fat, lengthy lump.

Identity, sexuality, gender, parenting, abuse, murder and so much more are tackled, wrestled to the ground and beaten into a puree. Coincidence, contrivance, contortion vie for first-place under the direction and co-writing of Francis Girod, whose other films I know nothing about (but may look into, if only to find one better than this). Appearing to understand little about pacing, specifically, or filmmaking technique in general, the director allows his ensemble, working in various styles, to go far over the top (Richard Bohringer is the prime example). Only Stevenin keeps things grounded with his quiet beauty, occasional humor and the serious consideration he gives each new bizarre event.

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