Directed by Andrea Pallaoro
U.S / 2022 / Narrative
106 minutes

Terrific performances elevate this emotionally charged portrait of Monica (Trace Lysette, “Transparent), a trans woman who returns home after a long absence to help care for her dying mother, Eugenia (Patricia Clarkson, “High Art”). Reconnecting with her mother and the rest of her family for the first time since leaving as a teenager, Monica embarks on a path of healing and acceptance. She is full of complexities: enigmatic in public yet vulnerable in private; modest yet flamboyant; distant then caring, always with a whiff of pain surrounding her. Her mother pretends not to recognize her and has her own contradictions and worries about being a burden on others. A quiet, layered, and ultimately powerful story of a fractured family that explores universal themes of abandonment, aging, acceptance, and redemption.