I have been reviewing LGBTQ films for a few years now. Lynch me if you wish but my take of this “film genre” is there is a divide between depicting the LGBTQ community as LGBTQ human beings as opposed to LGBTQ human beings being LGBTQ. If we are looking for true diversity and inclusion do we include members of the LGBTQ community as fellow human beings or some exotic subspecies?
“See You Again” treats the LGBTQ community as human beings and it may be the best LGTBQ film made to date…a “Gone with The Wind” LGBTQ film?
The promotional material sent my way was greeted by a yawn. A romantic relationship between Kris (Pooya Mohseni) and Naomi (Lynn Chen) in college spinning off where Chris decided for reasons of survival to go trans. Chris becomes a trans Kris.
14 years later Kris and Naomi decide to reconnect. Kris apologizes for leaving Naomi in the lurch when he decided to go trans. It is all polite and awkward and we hear the torment Kris has endured in his quest to become her. Naomi with her husband and children may seem to have the ideal life but not so.
So it seems that Naomi is wounded by the sudden departure of her college lover Kris and it is a polite apology and mutual understanding of divergent paths.
But with too much bourbon and honesty the complex relationship between Kris and Naomi unravels into a vicious fight so nasty and personal it is a cinematic moment of brilliance. It is cutting and savage. Naomi is devastated by Chris abruptly leaving her unable to understand why Chris left without a word.
The politeness evaporates quickly and a nasty and vicious exchange occurs between Kris and Naomi with a bombshell revelation made by Naomi that has devastated her and will do the same to Kris. It will devastate and upend you as a viewer.
Chen is captivating and brilliant.
Deep inter-personal dialogue is convincing and relevant.
And the concluding scene reveals a bombshell shattering for both Kris and Naomi. Oh the hurt romantic relationships can afflict!
A very honest and challenging LGBTQ film if you like but for me an honest and revealing relationship between two human beings.
The film opened up in select theatres on April 1st and will be available through VOD and DVD on April 19th.
You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftJBPolTd30
Directed by Mari Walker.
RKS Film Rating 87/100.