Tangerine

Tangerine

(2015)

Hit Sundance indie film shot almost entirely on an iPhone 5S, following a working girl fresh out of a month-long term in prison. Hearing news that her pimp boyfriend cheated on her, she teams up with her best friend to search for the truth – and possibly vengeance.... More

"[This] rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity. Director Sean Baker’s prior films brought rich texture and intimate detail to worlds seldom seen on film. Tangerine follows suit, bursting off the screen with energy and style. Exhibiting fierce chemistry with his actors to fashion a dazzlingly distinctive film filled with humor and heart, Baker’s talent is on full display. A decidedly modern Christmas tale told on the real streets of L.A., Tangerine defies expectation—a veritable cinematic jolt." (Sundance Film Festival)Hide

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The making of Sean Baker's LA street drama must have been even more remarkable than the film itself. Shot on the fly, using iPhones with prototype anamorphic lenses, it features a cast of transgender women, most of them making their acting debuts. Like Coffee and Cigarettes or Smoke, but on substances a little stronger, it gives voice to the city's prostitutes, pushers and passers-by, in the process rendering their extraordinary – to us, at least – lives ordinary.... More

Fiery Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez), just out of prison for drug possession, meets best friend and fellow sex worker Alexandra (Mya Taylor) in a donut shop on Santa Monica Boulevard. Alexandra lets on that Sin-Dee's boyfriend (read: pimp) Chester (James Ransom from Sinister) has been having sex with a “fish” (a derogatory term for a non-transgender woman) called Dinah (Mickey O'Hagan). So Sin-Dee sets out to track her down, promising “no drama”, which will become something of an ironic mantra.

Of course, when you look for it as Sin-Dee (and, indeed, Baker) does, there's drama on every sun-bleached street corner – not least the eccentrics encountered by Razmik (Karren Karagulian) in the back of his cab – and the film fizzes with borrowed backstories. Although funny (Alexandra describes Chester's room as smelling of “homeless”) and convincing, most of the characters besides Alexandra are obnoxious, and thus hard to relate to. But there are transporting moments amid the crack and catfights: most notably a backroom reconciliation lit, gorgeously, by a glitterball. If LA, as we're told, is “a beautifully wrapped lie”,  represents an admirable attempt to peel back those layers.Hide


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BY Hugo-Burns superstar

I had no idea that this was shot entirely on an iPhone but it was and I didn't notice until the credits finished and a small message came up saying it was. A fun and funny film that while entertaining gets kind of stale by the middle-end and even though it is just less than 90 mins feels a lot longer as 2 people in the ghetto screaming at each other starts off hilarious slowly gets to the point where it's like 'alright we get it'. But never the less an enjoyable ride.


BY Gaspardation superstar

Absolutely fun to watch them tearing each other down.


Definately not one for the prudish or faint hearted, I found this Indie film to be raw and unashamedly exposing of a glimpse into the life of a transgender woman working on the street. At times quite amusing especially with the the main character's(Sin-Dee) street talk and descriptive choice of words.She refers to Dinah - the fish (as she is straight) as a 'hillbilly' because' she consequently is wearing only one shoe as a result of being hunted down and dragged around the streets by a manic... More and furious Sin-Dee.Shot entirely on an iphone apparently, director Sean Baker has achieved a unique clever and very real representation of L.A.streets and her more colourful characters.A no frills,authenic,and somewhat depressing film.Hide


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95% of critics recommend.
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  • The film's smart craftsmanship is ultimately less noteworthy than its humanizing, prejudice-challenging immersion into the lives of people who inhabit L.A.'s low-end drug and sex industry. Full Review

  • Writer-director Sean Baker's sun-scorched, street-level snapshot is a work of rueful, matter-of-fact insight and unapologetically wild humor... Full Review

  • For all of its noise, Tangerine ends on a moment of silent compassion—the world can be a cruel place, but we have the power to remake it in our own image. Full Review

  • “There is nothing out here but the hustle,” Alexandra tells us. If anything, that is the moral of the movie. Full Review

  • In Baker, we have a director who can make ordinary, quirky and disorganised lives seem colourful, compelling and most of all, humanistic. Full Review

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