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posted Friday, May 14, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 20
Open closes Seattle's 2010 Trangender Film Fest
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Open closes Seattle's 2010 Trangender Film Fest

by Scott Rice - SGN Contributing Writer

Open
May 16, 7 PM
Northwest
Film Forum


There is male and there is female. We are taught this from the moment we are born. There are only two options. Males have a penis and wear blue. Females do not have a penis and wear pink. There is nothing in between.

We are taught this from the moment we're born along with other indisputable facts, like all people are either democrats or republicans, protestant or catholic, ugly or beautiful, and smart or stupid.

Binary systems are tidy and uncomplicated. It's no wonder we like to divide the world up into them. But eventually we begin to understand that between the two extremes of most binary systems there lies a lot of gray.

Jake Yuzna's film Open takes a look (literally) at the use of surgery to bring one's body into line with their psychic gender. This is an unfortunate oversimplification of a complicated little movie. Let me try again.

Jake Yuzna's film Open is about bodies in flux, modern medicine, the pathology of gender variation, love and relationships, and a phenomenon called "pandrogyny."

Let's get this out of the way: The acting is amateurish and the production values are challenging. The ending takes itself a bit seriously, too. That said, this is one of the most radical, provocative, and insightful films I've seen all year. It's also totally original, current, and intellectually sound.

Open features five characters negotiating gender within the mid-American cityscape. Syd and Nick are scruffy bike punks with crappy day jobs and a penchant for clubbing the nights away. When Syd misses a shot of "T" and ends up pregnant, the boys have to decide what comes next.

Jay and Gen are a loving couple who use surgical procedures to express their commitment to one another. The phenomenon is called pandrogeny. Adherents undergo multiple procedures designed to make them look like their partner (in Jay and Gen's case, that means seal noses and gold teeth).

Finally, there is Cynthia, a nurse on a journey of her own who first meets Jay and Gen at the hospital and then pursues a relationship with them.

I could make the case that there are only three main characters in the film, but that would be pretentious. However, if I were in college, I would write a 15-page paper proving that Syd/Nick is one character and Cynthia/Gen is one character, and my professor would give me an A and I'd feel really smart.

Regardless, Open follows these five people through an urban landscape that is familiar and foreign at the same time. The intra-city journey is surprising in numerous ways and will stay with you long after you leave the theater. The bodies matter, and the journey is undertaken without leaving home.

Like most small-budget independent films, there have been compromises made. While the acting and production values (especially the sound) may be challenging, the photography and art direction look great (though Yuzna seems to like the far edges and dead center of the frame more than I'd prefer). Some of the dialogue is tortured, yet the overarching story is fascinating and well-sorted.

The real reason to see this award-winning film (Open won the Teddy Jury Award at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival) is because it does the one thing that is truly magic about the cinema: It takes us into another person's world and makes us wonder about those experiences. Yuzna's film most certainly accomplishes that.

Open closes Three Dollar Bill's Translation: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival 2010. There will be one screening only on Sunday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th ave.).

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