Day 56. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001). Directed by John Cameron Mitchell

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) score: 78%

No inches of film are wasted on Hedwig and the Angry Inch. John Cameron Mitchell’s commitment to his theatrical tale about a transgender punk-rock artist from Berlin shines through every shot and musical sequence.

The music is addictive to listen to and the story that’s told through it is just as addictive to watch. It’s a high-glam love story that’s tainted by despair but simultaneously saved by intense passion, and coursing through its veins is a youthful queer sensibility that makes me want to re-explore the far reaches of my sense of self instead of settling for the boring norm.

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