Can the tale of two transgender prostitutes out to avenge a love betrayal capture your imagination?
Take two transgender prostitutes, one busy Christmas Eve and a tale of betrayal and you have the basic premise to Tangerine, an independent comedy-drama from director, Sean Baker.
Tangerine is a unique take on a life less shown by director, Sean Baker
Baker centres the action around several crime-riddled blocks of Tinseltown and on Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) who is back on the block after a 28-day stint in prison.
Unfortunately, however, the working girl does not re-enter freedom to good news after she finds out that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone) has been unfaithful.
Her best friend, working girl Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor) advises her to let it go but Sin-Dee refuses to lie down this time and embarks on a quest to find the other woman, Dinah, and her love, Chester.
And so they start off on their complicated journey with Sin-Dee determined to find her betrayers, Alexandra keen to step away from her friend’s conflict as she deals with her own life on the town and an Armenian-American cab driver, casually picking up his own fares throughout the afternoon.
Baker has a reputation for bringing light to life often not seen on the big screen (Starlet, Prince of Broadway) and Tangerine is no exception providing a raw and close-up look at a unique area of Los Angeles’ sex-trade.
The film is due for limited release on July, 10 but for a sneak preview, click here.