Wednesday, June 19, 2024

I'm Your Venus (2024) Tribeca 2024

Venus Xtravaganza, one of the stars of Paris Is Burning was murdered before the film was released. The killing was never solved. Decades later her biological brothers come together with her ballroom family to try and solve the crime and celebrate a woman who changed the life of generations.

Sad and bittersweet film is full of things unsaid and undone. Venus' brothers seem to have become saddled with guilt that they didn't do more and weren't more accepting of their sister. While it's clear they loved her they were lost in the times and didn't do enough, or so they seem to feel. You can feel the weight of the world on their shoulders.  It's a weight that is slowly lifted thanks to Venus' ballroom family.

I loved the arc of this film. I loved that the film doesn't go and do what we expect. There aren't answers for everything and its something that makes the film haunting.

After the first screenings of the press corps who attended as well as the festival staff were raving about the film. This is a film that rocked everyone of every spectrum of film fan.

I was moved too.

Highly recommended

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