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Plot: After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray's mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray's biological father to get his legal consent. Runtime: 87 mins Release Date: 29 Sep 2016
This is an incredible film and is what true story telling is all about. (by Boristhemoggy)
The story is complex: Ray is a boy who was born into a girl's body. Craig and Matthew are his biological and emotional fathers, Frances and Dolly are his grandmother and lesbian lover, and Maggie, his long suffering Mum who tries to manage the whole family. Ray is going through the process of becoming a boy and the film follows him through part of the journey with all the pitfalls and emotions there is. The dialogue is genuine, the direction is superb, the acting is first class, even from Naomi Watts who plays Maggie, an actor I don't really like but she takes on this role <more>
competently. Elle Fanning shines out like an acting sun, eclipsing everyone around her and becoming the hinge pin that the entire story revolves around. She displays almost every single emotion a human is capable of and acts far, far beyond her 17 years. She earned £65,000 from this movie, that's a pittance for her performance, it's probably one of the 10 best I've ever seen. Don't miss this, it will stay in your memory for a long time.
'Everyone assumes that who I am is connected to who they thought I was when I was born. They're wrong.' (by gradyharp)
Gaby Dallal directs her own screenplay co-written with Nikole Beckwith in what is one of the most significant films abut the gender perception changing world in which we live. It is a very intelligent, humorous, sensitive and wholly entertaining film that has the courage to open the conflicts that face transgender people and their families. Family living under one roof in New York must deal with a life-changing transformation by one that ultimately affects them all. Ray Elle Fanning is a teenager who has come to the realization that he isn't meant to be a girl and has decided to <more>
transition from female to male. His single mother, Maggie Naomi Watts , must track down Ray's biological father Tate Donovan – or his brother Sam Trammell to get his legal consent to allow Ray's transition. Dolly Susan Sarandon , Ray's lesbian grandmother, living with her life partner Frances Linda Emond is having a hard time accepting that she now has a grandson. They must each confront their own identities and learn to embrace change and their strength as a family in order to ultimately find acceptance and understanding.The entire cast is exceptional and as always Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon, and Elle Fanning are superb – wholly credible in their challenging roles. But there are also some fine small parts, such as the therapist Dr. Brillstein Andrew Polk and Frances Linda Emond who stand out as bight lights that enhance the story.All in all an excellent film on every level and one that deserves a very large audience. Highly Recommended.
Gaby Dallel's "3 Generations" drew criticism for the casting of a cisgender person in the role of a transgender character. While that is an issue, the movie itself is worth seeing. It shows how the different family members deal with the news that the daughter is transitioning to male. In fact, the lesbian grandmother has the hardest time dealing with it I've noticed that a number of gays and lesbians, while fighting for their own rights, have ignored transgender rights .I wouldn't call the movie a masterpiece, but I think that it addresses some good issues. It's the <more>
sort of movie that could only get released in the 2010s, when understanding of gender-nonconforming people became widespread. I recommend it. I guess that the distribution by The Weinstein Company now looks unpleasant due to the ugly revelations about Harvey Weinstein, but that doesn't change the movie itself. Really good one. As expected, Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon all turn in fine performances.
Very well done- an emotional topic (by vintagebydesign)
This movie tackles a difficult subject very appropriate for today, with drama but also mild humor. The network of family this teen is growing in, is a diverse cross section of modern families. And though they are living a more progressive lifestyle, this goes to show how difficult this transition period can be for any family. With ties to a child's birth gender and realizing the changes that come with a decision to honor one's own feelings of who they are, families struggle no matter how open minded they may think they are. Or how imperfect they see themselves. This was done with <more>
amazing sensitivity to the fact that families are comprised in many different ways, showing the emotions that come when people choose to love, take risks and work towards supporting one another. This may become a cult film as the world catches up with this very real struggle, and the love that overcomes the fear.
How did this movie not win tons of awards???? I found it to be fantastically written and acted. The story line and characters were real and relatable. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 was because I wanted to see what happened next. I was bummed when it ended. As a therapist and LGBTQA+ ally, I will be recommending this movie! Thank you to everyone who made it!
It is a feel good movie that shows that family can overcome anything together, no matter how dysfunctional. (by alyssahurst)
About Ray is a fresh take on a family drama that most people can relate to in some way.All families have their problems, and this family is no exception. They show a glimpse of what it is like to have to live in a body that you don't identify with and the complications that go with it. It is a feel good movie that shows that family can overcome anything together, no matter how dysfunctional.All of the lead actresses are amazing, and the set is really one of a kind.Check it out.
The Title is Important (by Moviegoer19)
After reading other reviews and thinking about the film, I realize just how complex it really is. On first glance the main subject appears to be the character Ray/Ramona played beautifully by Elle Fanning, but it's actually not. The subject or theme I believe is the three generations of women in one family, and the problems/identity issues each one is grappling with. Each character is representative, to an extent, of her own generation. The oldest generation represented by the character played by Susan Sarandon, Dodo, is an artsy, self-confident lesbian who has a life partner but is not <more>
married to her, presumably not only because they got together way before marriage was even an option, but because they had a "who needs a marriage certificate" attitude. Sarandon's character is the "man" in the family.Then there's the middle generation, represented by Naomi Watts'character. She also represents her generation, which encompasses some "me generation" qualities, including sleeping with her boyfriend's brother, and having a kind of laid-back almost apathetic personality. She is dominated both by her mother and her child.And then there's Elle Fanning's character, representing a youth of today for whom it's totally natural to believe she was born in the wrong gender and all she needs to do is take meds and have surgery and everything will be set right. S/he also has the very confident, almost arrogant mindset that she's entitled to say anything she thinks or feels to her parents, grandparents, and anyone else who's within earshot.In fact, when Dodo Sarandon says to Ray "It's time we have a man in the family" it like she's handing the reins over to him. This is part of the film's happy ending which is nice, if unrealistic. But I liked both the ending and the entire film as it is engaging, has excellent acting, and is visually very downtown New York.