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"Southern Comfort" film


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Recently, Mary & I watched Southern Comfort, a docudrama which, according to the review by Elvis Mitchell of the New York Times, "tells the tale of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual who was dying of cervical and ovarian cancer and being neglected by doctors uncomfortable with treating him." Mitchell is impressed, as we were, with the skill of the director/interviwer, Kate Davis and with Eads, the captivating star of the docudrama: "Ms. Davis's bare-bones shooting lends itself to a gentle intimacy as she focuses on Mr. Eads's thin, craggy face. You've seen his type in W.P.A. photographs of the old South; it's only his voice, with its slightly odd pitch, that is puzzling. But the lilt of his speaking rhythms is so soothing that you're quickly drawn to him. He's like a rocking-chair pappy, and his band of friends -- men who have undergone female-to-male procedures -- take to him as if he were a corncob paterfamilias; they call him 'Daddy Robert.' (Even his lover, Lola Cola -- a male-to-female transsexual -- finds his weathered, quiet dignity as attractive as anything else.)"

GO TO ROTTEN TOMATOES PAGE ON SOUTHERN COMFORT

GO TO MITCHELL'S REVIEW

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