Sworn Virgin

Movies, Drama
4 out of 5 stars
Sworn Virgin

An Albanian woman who has lived as a man for most of her life wants to reclaim her sexual identity.

The arrestingly serene Alba Rohrwacher (I Am Love) takes on her most ambitious role to date: an Albanian “sworn virgin,” one of that culture’s unmarried women who pledges to bind her breasts and live out her life as a man. The real-life setup is a knockout, both ancient and timely, and even though Rohrwacher never quite passes—she looks too much like Barbra Streisand’s Yentl—the movie is on to a larger point, namely about the fluidity of sexual identity and our universal penchant for self-reinvention. The film builds slowly but deserves an audience eager to discuss it.

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By: Joshua Rothkopf


Release details

Release date: Friday April 22 2016
Duration: 84 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Laura Bispuri
Screenwriter: Laura Bispuri, Francesca Manieri
Cast: Alba Rohrwacher
Lars Eidinger
Emily Ferratello
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