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.