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Cowboys

Country: USA, Language: English, 83 mins

  • Director: Anna Kerrigan
  • Writer: Anna Kerrigan
  • Producer: Gigi Graff; Anna Kerrigan; Chris Parker; Dylan Sellers

CGiii Comment

Take your favourite place and your favourite movie and let the writing process take place...that's what Anna Kerrigan did...and, Cowboys is the result. This might not be your atypical wild western...but, it is wild. The wildnesses of transition and mental health...and, a son and a father trying to keep it altogether [together] when the world around them is imploding, exploding and shattering...Kipling describes perfectly...

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you...  
 
Anna Kerrigan visualises it beautifully. She turned and flipped the table with this tale...the obvious isn't so obvious, everything is just a little unexpected. The backdrop will take your breath away, the tension will have you holding that breath. Ms Kerrigan certainly knows how to play with her audience. But...it's the chemistry between the two leads that really steals the show...their affection for each other is concrete. They care...making you care.

There is always a danger when approaching the trans narrative...of course, each story will always have similarities and the biggest danger is that every film made will turn out to be a mere deviation of the same story. Filmmakers have to think outside of the box...otherwise, trans-themed films will be swept onto the ever-growing we've-seen-and-heard-it-all-before pile. There's no danger of that happening with Cowboys...this is fresh, this is heart-warming and heart-breaking, this has majesty in scenery and in sentiment.

It's just a bloody lovely film.


Trailer...

The(ir) Blurb...

Troy and his young transgender son Joe are on the run from his conservative mother in the Montana wilderness, with a detective in hot pursuit in this emotionally powerful narrative.