Winner of the VPRO Big Screen Award at Rotterdam, this touching drama – inspired by the director’s own experiences – looks at the complex relationship between a young girl and her transgender parent.
For 11-year-old Emma, life appears to be completely uneventful until her dad, Thomas, decides to transition and live as a woman. Thomas becomes Agnete, and the pair must carefully renegotiate their relationship to nurture the closeness and deep love they always shared. Debut feature film director, Malou Reymann, inspired by her own childhood, says: “It’s very true to how I experienced it back then… There was a sense of sorrow, sure, but also humour, a sense of love and loss – experienced at the exact same time.” Using re-created home videos, and a terrific cast, Reymann beautifully captures a family working its way through a unique situation and finding themselves in the process.
Malou Reymann started acting in her early teens and has directed a number of short films. A Perfectly Normal Family is her first feature film and is inspired by her own life.
Inspired by the director’s own family experience, the picture is perceptive in its examination of a child’s complicated journey, but doesn’t require us to be entirely sympathetic to her parents’ handling of the situation. – Wendy Ide, Screen International