Run Time: 95 Minutes
Ricky, a 21-year old trans girl, wants to leave Kentucky for the NYC fashion life -- until she meets Francesca. Heat and heartache abound in this winning rom-com about complicated desires.
Ricky, a 21-year old trans girl, wants to leave Kentucky for the NYC fashion life -- until she befriends Francesca, a married woman whose military husband (stationed overseas) knew Ricky pre-transition; he makes his dislike very clear. Ricky’s best friend, Robby (Michael Welch), also grows jealous over the new arrival. The unlikely relationship that develops between Ricky and Francesca presents pressing questions that each must answer about identity and determination. Heat and heartache abound in this winning rom-com about complicated desires. Michelle Hendley is a trans actress selected to play Ricky after a nation-wide casting call. She worked with the director to ensure an honest portrayal of trans issues, and she has a wonderful way of delivering moments that combine humor, heartache, and hopefulness with great candor.
Writer/director Eric Schaeffer's forward-thinking story is meant for anyone who’s felt misunderstood or trapped – whether by a small town, another person’s expectations, or by the tales we tell ourselves. The Kentucky setting is a welcome change; it depicts a place both cozy and claustrophobic, where everyone knows your name — and your past, and more than likely, all of your sexual partners. The film focuses on a fluid representation of love and gender, and it stays refreshingly sex-positive — something rarely seen in the movies. As Ricky explains when asked about what these desires make someone: “It makes you human.”