Director: Lukas Dhont
Year Released: 2018
Lara (Victor Polster), who is in the process of transitioning from male-to-female (and has an unbelievable amount of support from her father, preparing for Sainthood), struggles to be a talented ballerina (she doesn't have the experience other females in her class do) and with taunting from her peers (in one unsettling scene, her classmates demand she disrobe for them so they can see her genitalia). While it's a timely film considering its subject matter - young adults undergoing gender correction surgery - what doesn't help is that Lara is barely verbal so it's never quite clear what's going through her head at any given moment and that Dhont fetishizes her body every chance he can get, which is off-putting - I don't think centerfolds have been this adoringly examined by a camera. The sensationalism reaches its peak when Lara removes her own appendage with a pair of scissors ... and is met with even more love and kindness by ever-present Pop in the hospital room. Mom, presumably, had her fill of the drama a long time ago.