From l. to r.: Dani Nefusi, Naomi Nero and Matheus Nachtergaele in DON’T CALL ME SON, a film by Anna Muylaert. A Zeitgeist Films release. Photo: Aline Arruda.
From l. to r.: Dani Nefusi, Naomi Nero and Matheus Nachtergaele in DON’T CALL ME SON, a film by Anna Muylaert. A Zeitgeist Films release. Photo: Aline Arruda.

DON’T CALL ME SON, the Brazilian Drama of Family/Gender Identity, directed by Anna Muylaert is set to open in the U.S. beginning Wednesday, November 2 at the Film Forum in New York City.

Tall, dark, androgynously handsome, Pierre wears eyeliner and a black lace g-string, while having sex with both boys and girls. The confusion only goes deeper when the teenager’s single, working-class mom is arrested for having stolen him (and his “sister”) at birth. Thanks to the wonders of DNA, he’s returned to his biological parents: bourgeois, straight-laced and thrilled to have him back — at least until he shows up in an outrageous zebra-print mini dress.

The turmoil of adolescence is plumbed with wit and compassion by writer/director Muylaert, whose previous film, THE SECOND MOTHER, also deals with familial loyalty and class tensions. Actress Dani Nefussi gives completely believable knock-out performances as both mothers, and newcomer Naomi Nero defies expectations as a broodingly intense, potentially volcanic six-footer in stiletto heels.

DON’T CALL ME SON will have a 2-week engagement November 2 to 15, 2016 at Film Forum.

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