Boys Don't Cry

Boys Don't Cry

Time Out says

The grimly compelling true story of Teena Brandon, a 21-year-old Nebraskan who chose to carry herself off as a boy, 'Brandon'. When her hometown of Lincoln gets too hot, s/he picks up with a rough, rootless bunch from Fall City, including ex-con John (Sarsgaard), who has 'no impulse control', his buddy Tom (Sexton), who's into self-inflicted pain and arson, and the white trash glamour girl Lana (Sevigny). When Brandon falls in love with the latter, it's a safe bet things aren't going to work out. Like a number of Christine Vachon productions, this deals in sexual transgression and retribution, but director Peirce keeps a lid on her artier tendencies, with the focus squarely on the actors. Given Hilary Swank's brave, enthralling and Oscar-winning performance, and the dismaying power of the story, that makes a lot of sense.

By: TCh


Release details

118 mins

Cast and crew

Kimberly Peirce
Kimberly Peirce, Andy Bienen
Hilary Swank
Chloë Sevigny
Peter Sarsgaard
Brendan Sexton III
Alison Folland
Alicia Goranson
Matt McGrath
Rob Campbell
Jeanetta Arnette
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