“I was born three times, as a boy the first time, and a few years later as a little girl.”
For Arianna, third birth was an emotional one.
While some in the United States worry about wandering into a gender neutral public restrooms, those with alternative gender identities have bigger problems. Director Carlo Lavagna takes coming-of-age movies to a whole new level and addresses a hot topic with delicacy and tenderness with his introspective story of 19-year-old Arianna (Ondina Quadri) and her search for gender identity.
Having raised her as a girl, Arianna’s parents would just as soon declare the question “case closed”, but Arianna uses her summer vacation to figure out why she’s so different than the other girls her age.
The cinematography is gorgeous, the direction is intelligent and perceptive, and Quadri’s performance is startling, especially considering this is her first acting experience. Arianna also stars Blu Yoshimi Di Martino as Arianna’s more “normal” teenage friend.