Screening to thunderous applause at the 2013 Rome Film Festival, this documentary reveals a vivid portrait of a unique family and the love story of Beatrice and Marianna.
The transsexual Beatrice, formerly Pino, is a mechanic and ex-rally champion with a passion for 4WD who owns a busy car repair shop in a Roman suburb. She leads a loving family life with Romanian wife Marianna and 16-year old Daniele, Marianna’s son from a previous marriage, who now refers to Beatrice as “Dad”. Completing the family with her own story to tell, is Beatrice’s mother, who, over the years, has come to accept her son’s physical transformation.
Director Elisa Amoruso’s debut feature avoids the rhetoric of sexual discrimination in this realistic, sensitive and poetic documentary that speaks of the value of mutual respect.