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      Sworn Virgin

      Released Apr 22, 2016 1h 27m Drama LGBTQ+ List
      71% Tomatometer 17 Reviews 54% Audience Score 50+ Ratings After posing as a man for 14 years, a woman (Alba Rohrwacher) travels from Albania to Italy to reconnect with her estranged sister (Flonja Kodheli) and reclaim her sexual identity. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Oct 12 Rent Now

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      Justin Chang Los Angeles Times Skipping deftly between time frames while keeping her camera close to her protagonist - played with tremulous understatement by the remarkable actress Alba Rohrwacher - Bispuri traces a journey of delicate interior shifts and reversals. Apr 28, 2016 Full Review Joshua Rothkopf Time Out Even though Rohrwacher never quite passes -- she looks too much like Barbra Streisand's Yentl -- the movie is on to a larger point, namely about the fluidity of sexual identity and our universal penchant for self-reinvention Rated: 4/5 Apr 22, 2016 Full Review Godfrey Cheshire RogerEbert.com The film obliges viewers to puzzle out the nature of the sworn virgin tradition, and even at the tale's end, it may not be clear. This can only be counted a virtue by those who count obscurity and bafflement as artistic assets. Rated: 2/4 Apr 22, 2016 Full Review Nathanael Hood Screen Comment ...it nevertheless deflates Hana's journey of emotional weight. Rated: 4/10 Dec 27, 2018 Full Review Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality & Practice A slow-moving and meditative drama about a young Albanian woman's transgender journey living as a man. Rated: 3.5/5 Jul 22, 2016 Full Review Michael Snydel The Film Stage Bispuri's feature debut makes a powerful statement about the suffocation that can come with gender norms, and about the double-edged sword of gender performance. Rated: B+ Apr 25, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member When a woman can't be a woman. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member cinegeek.de Eine verschneite Berglandschaft wie aus einer Zeit, bevor es so etwas wie Industrialisierung gab. Ein Fährboot bringt die junge Frau aus dem Gebirge in eine andere Welt. Sie klingelt an der Tür einer Etagenwohnung, offenbahr unangemeldet. Die Angereiste, die sich "Mark" nennt, wird wenig freudig aufgenommen und tut auch nichts dafür, das Verhältnis zu entspannen. Wir lernen durch Rückblenden, dass wir es mit Adoptivschwestern zu tun haben, die während der Kindheit sehr verbunden waren, sich aber dann voneinander entfremdeten. Beide entstammen aus einer archaischen Welt, in welcher der Vater der Braut dem Bräutigam ein Gewehr zur Hochzeit schenkt (falls sie nicht spurt). Lila flüchtete aus dieser Welt, aus Albanien, nach Italien. Hana/Mark, noch ledig, übernahm nach altem Brauch selbst die Männerrolle. Mark hat jetzt sein eigenes Gewehr und lebt wie im Zölibat. Die italienische Regisseurin Laura Bispuri hat sich mit ihrem Debüt dieser fremden Welt angenommen. Die Geschichte reicht von der Kindheit bis zur Wiederannäherung, wobei der Kontrast des kargen Lebens in der Wildnis und der sterilen Einkaufszentren der "Zivilisation" überdeutlich gezeichnet wird. Am reizvollsten ist Marks Entwicklung aus verinnerlichten Zwängen heraus zur persönlichen Freiheit. Mark wird gespielt von Alba Rohrbacher, die eine der tollsten Schauspielerinnen Italiens ist! Zum Glück mündet ihre spröde Schönheit am Ende nicht in Dekoltee und Pfennigabsätzen! Ein kleiner Arthaus Film zum Entdecken! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Beautifully made and deeply touching film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member I saw this at the 2015 London Film Festival. An amazing movie, unique. Was privileged to have Laura Bispuri at the screening, the Q and Q with her was fascinating. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member I found the film original and poetic, though, due to it's commitment to cultural authenticity, it was occasionally difficult to follow. Still, visually it was compelling, and the acting was superb. Now that I've understood the cultural context, I would say that it's a serious, original, and beautiful film. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis After posing as a man for 14 years, a woman (Alba Rohrwacher) travels from Albania to Italy to reconnect with her estranged sister (Flonja Kodheli) and reclaim her sexual identity.
      Director
      Laura Bispuri
      Producer
      James Velaise, Alessio Lazzareschi, Jamal Zeinal Zade
      Screenwriter
      Laura Bispuri, Francesca Manieri
      Distributor
      Strand Releasing
      Production Co
      Colorado Film, RAI Cinema
      Genre
      Drama, LGBTQ+
      Original Language
      Albanian
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 22, 2016, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 12, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $4.6K
      Runtime
      1h 27m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby
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