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It’s Christmas Eve and transgender working girl Sin-Dee Rella has just come out of the joint only to discover her man has been playing around – and with a ‘white fish’ of all things.

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Director Sean Baker
Producers Sean Baker, Karrie Cox, Marcus Cox, Darren Dean, Shih-Ching Tsou
Screenwriters Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
With Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, James Ransome
USA 2015
88 mins
UK distribution Metrodome Distribution Ltd

One of the year’s great indie hits and recent GLAAD Media Award Nominee, Tangerine is the fizzing, popping tale of two transgender working girls on Santa Monica Boulevard set over the course of one Christmas Eve. Just returned from a brief stint in jail, Sin-Dee Rella meets her best friend Alexandra and discovers that Chester, her beau, has been cheating on her with a ‘white fish’ (a Caucasian cisgender woman). Determined to teach her a lesson, Sin-Dee goes on a hunt for Chester’s new girl. With bold, saturated colour and widescreen photography, this is vibrant filmmaking with charming performances from transgender actors Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez. From donut shop to Hollywood dive bar, the comedy of ‘bitch slapping’ gives way to something altogether more tender: a film about female friendship and solidarity.

Tricia Tuttle

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