• 2015
  • US
  • 1h 28min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sean Baker
  • Written by: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
  • Cast: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian
  • UK release: 13 November 2015

Sin-Dee (Rodriguez) and Alexandra (Taylor), two trans women who work as prostitutes, spend Christmas Eve walking the streets of downtown LA looking for Sin-Dee's cheating pimp boyfriend. Shot entirely on three iPhones, Baker's film is bombastic, organic, original and vital and the central pair are wildly entertaining.

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Fired by zesty performances that crackle and burn with energy, Tangerine is a bittersweet affair underpinned by a winning sense of empathy and affection. Amid the rank artificiality of LA, there is real tenderness and between these characters a camaraderie that takes the harsher edges off their often bleak circumstances. Rodriguez and Taylor are a terrific double act, their on-screen chemistry providing both laugh-out-loud comedy and moving melancholia. Baker brings the same non-judgmental approach that characterised his Independent Spirit awards prize-winner Starlet, while an in-your-face soundtrack pumps up the volume to boisterous effect. CERTIFICATE 15

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9 Nov 20155 stars

Sean Baker's ingenious latest follows two wildly entertaining trans women

Writer-director Sean Baker’s blistering Tangerine is a truly astonishing piece of filmmaking – and not just because it was shot using three iPhones. While that is clearly a huge achievement in itself, Baker uses that ultra-portable filming device to…

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