“Raises the bar for trans stories onscreen, and Lysette takes her rightful place as its muse." - Jude Dry, Indiewire

"A wondrous work." - Nick Allen, rogerebert.com

Monica (Trace Lysette, in a revelatory performance) returns to her Midwest hometown to take care of her dying mother, Eugenia (Patricia Clarkson), who rejected her decades earlier. Because of time and Monica’s transition, she is unrecognizable to Eugenia. With a gentle, naturalistic lens, Pallaoro (MEDEAS) packs an emotional wallop as it explores themes of identity and forgiveness, delving into Monica’s courageous journey to connect with the family that abandoned her, and the determination required for her to live honestly and fully. 

Awards & Nominations

Nominee - Gold Hugo, Best Feature, Chicago International Film Festival
Winner - Best Italian Film, Venice Film Festival
Nominee - Queer Lion, Venice Film Festival