Guyliner and cross-dressing have rarely been utilized to such kinetic, humorous, and probing effect as in Don't Call Me Son, Brazilian filmmaker Anna Muylaert's fifth feature film. Teenage Pierre's existence is, by his own standards, happy until DNA evidence proves his mother not to be his biological mother— he was stolen at birth. Simultaneously exploring themes of family, identity, class divisions and the transience of gender, Don't Call Me Son dares to inhabit Pierre's skin, revealing in both tragic and tender circumstances the shifting forces that determine one's nature.
Don't Call Me Son premiered at Berlin where it won a Jury Prize at the Teddy Awards for LGBT-related films at the festival. Opening this week at Film Forum.