written by Souranath Banerjee
Not all Christmas films are made for kids and have Santa Claus in them.
My Ratings: 3.9/5.
Director Sean Baker‘s revolutionary low-budget feature Tangerine is currently taking the rounds of the various prestigious film festivals, and it rightly deserves both the curiosity and attraction of the film-lovers across the world.
Tangerine, a film entirely shot on an Apple iPhone 5s, actually three of them; with clip-on anamorphic lenses, handheld Steadicam mounts, and the Filmic Pro app!
This makes the film one of a kind, a so called trendsetter!
But the real reason why Tangerine succeeds is because while watching, it never gives you the impression of a film shot with ‘iphone’. And on top of that, it has a fast paced storyline with quirky characters and pumped up music, enough to hold your attention throughout the 88 mins of its runtime.
Tangerine is a transgender drama (a revenge drama), revolving around two trans sex workers Sin-Dee and Alexandra (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor), whose friendship is being tested as they confront each other after enduring a trippy day full of odd yet exciting events.
And then there is Razmik (Karren Karagulian), a married Armenian taxi driver who is stuck in-between his family (wife, kid and a suspicious mother-in-law) and his weakness for sex with the transgender prostitutes.
With an overall comic touch, the film though set in West Hollywood showcases a completely deglamorized version of its surroundings; it concentrates on the tough neighborhoods, the street hookers and their shady pimps, the immoral family men – basically the reality of life.
Full of energy Tangerine is one of the most significant movie of this year, also nominated as the 14th best film of the year in ‘Sight and Sound’ magazine’s annual critics poll for 2015.
Don’t you miss it.