Gun Hill Road

Gun Hill Road

Downloadable Video - 2013
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After three years in prison, Enrique (Esai Morales) returns home to the Bronx to find the world he knew has changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes), struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael (Harmony Santana), explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique's grasp and understanding.
Publisher: [United States] : Virgil Films and Entertainment : Made available through hoopla, 2013.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 86 min.)) : sd., col.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

A beautiful and delicately nuanced three-hander which refuses to stoop to cultural and sexual stereotypes, "Gun Hill Road’s" nuclear family explosion examines issues of identity, love, and familial bonds with a depth rarely seen in mainstream cinema. Although his actions are abhorrent, there is a sense of fragility to Enrique as he tries to cover up his own feelings of inadequacy with macho posturing and petty crime; his deep-seated homophobia is never fully explored but one gets the impression his stint in prison had something to do with it. His wife Angela, meanwhile, is torn between her love for her husband, the need to protect her child, and her own personal desire for a mature relationship. But it is Michael/Vanessa, superbly played by transgendered actress Harmony Santana, who proves to be the focal point around which everyone else revolves. An accomplished slam poet (her delicate verse gives the film its heartbeat), she is an intriguing blend of naïveté and street smarts. There is a flow to her character, a human being in the process of becoming, which underscores her father’s own crumbling rigidity; a fact driven home by the movie’s heartbreaking final coda. One of the better films I’ve seen this year.

aaa5756 Jun 25, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance.

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carmen212
Jun 06, 2013

Agree 100% with voisjoe's comment. Here are some more movies about transgender: Soldier's Girl, XXY (Argentina), Tomboy (France). All are really wonderful.

voisjoe1 May 29, 2013

Esai Morales (famous for NYPD Blue) plays a father who is released from a prison term of 3 years and he is shocked to find that his teenage son is transgender, which is really taboo for a Hispanic, Catholic father. Best exploration of these topics on fictional film. 4 stars for the film and an extra 0.5 stars for the director being interviewed exploring his background and why he as a Hispanic wanted to make this film.

NYCPhoto Mar 15, 2013

Maybe you guys could get some more copies of this movie.. Thanks

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aaa5756 Jun 25, 2013

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

aaa5756 Jun 25, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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voisjoe1 May 29, 2013

voisjoe1 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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