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Intriguing indie "Both" is a low-key examination of the turmoil caused when a young Peruvian woman in California discovers she was born a hermaphrodite and raised as a boy. First feature by director Lisset Barcellos is too loose and ambiguous in narrative approach, and still looks like one. Gay fests and niche home format rep likeliest outlets.

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With: Jackie Parker, Jesus Morales, Yvonne Frayssinet, J.D. Brumback, Nicole Wilder, Richard Goodman.

Intriguing indie “Both” is a low-key examination of the turmoil caused when a young Peruvian woman in California discovers she was born a hermaphrodite and initially raised as a boy. First feature by director Lisset Barcellos is too loose and ambiguous in narrative approach, and, while accomplished for a micro-budget DV effort, still looks like one. Gay fests and niche home format rep likeliest outlets.

San Francisco stuntwoman Rebecca (Jackie Parker) is friendly but a little remote both on the set and in her private life. Latest affairs with an actress (Nicole Wilder) and male mechanic (J.D. Brumback) suggest she runs whenever people get too close. Rebecca’s curiosity is piqued when a long-unseen aunt sends an old photo album including shots of the protag’s brother, who purportedly died in childhood. Rebecca’s mother (Yvonne Frayssinet) refuses to discuss the tragedy, for reasons soon uncovered: The “boy” was in fact Rebecca nee Pedro, who was given a clitorectomy to “correct” nature’s “mistake” before being whisked off to the U.S. with a new identity. Script is sparse, but premise, decent perfs and surprising use of Yma Sumac tunes on the soundtrack hold attention.

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U.S. - Peru

Production: A Solaris Films production. Produced by Dana Castro, Celeste Carrasco. Executive producers, Karin Bauer, David Strachan, Peter Dannen. Directed by Lisset Barcellos. Screenplay, Rafael Dumett.

Crew: Camera (color, DV-to-Beta SP); Andrew Piccone, Amanda Micheli; editor, Barcellos; production designers, Arias & Aragon, Maja Tillman. Reviewed at San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, June 22, 2005. Running time: 87 MIN.

With: With: Jackie Parker, Jesus Morales, Yvonne Frayssinet, J.D. Brumback, Nicole Wilder, Richard Goodman.

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