Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Red without Blue

Red without Blue is the moving story of Mark and his identical twin sister Clair (born Alex). At age 13, Alex came out as gay, to Mark's dismay. Later in their teens, they dove deep into drug abuse and fell into an abusive relationship with an older teen who raped a 10-year-old boy in their presence. They jointly attempted suicide, but luckily the garden hose didn't carry enough carbon monoxide from the car exhaust to kill them. They were sent to separate boarding schools, completely cut off from all contact with each other for two years. When they were reunited, Alex came out as Clair. Using old family snapshots and Super 8 movies, and interviews with friends and family as well as the twins themselves, Red without Blue shows the evolution of the family's understanding and acceptance of Clair. Strongly recommended.

Red without Blue, dirs. Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills, and Todd Sills, 2007 USA, 74 min.

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