Venus Boyz

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Released 2002

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Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Venus Boyz is an offbeat documentary film with sexual exploration at its core. The film, helmed by documentarian Gabrielle Baur, chronicles the lives of several women as they dress in drag and attend Drag King Night in New York City. The cameras follow each woman as she experiments with masculinity - whether its just for one night of drag, or a permanent sexual identity they assume. Baur urges them to explain what inspires their sexual curiosities, and how these changes were initiated. As a result, the film is just as enlightening for the viewer as it for its subjects who are forced to assess their daily activities and give meaning to them. Venus Boyz even manages to follow several cross dressers who experiment with hormones such as testosterone in London and Zurich. Subjects include Diane Torr, Dred Gerestant, Del La Grace Volcano, Queen Bee Luscious, and Mistress Formika. Venus Boyz is an eye-opening documentary that doesn't pit argument against argument. Instead, it offers a candid portrayal of women experimenting with masculinity. Two thumbs up.moreless

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  • 90

    Variety

    An utterly fascinating, beautifully crafted exploration of the world of drag kings -- women who dress, perform and/or live as men.

  • 60

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    She (Baur) has clearly earned the trust and respect of her subjects, the first qualification for any responsible documentarist, and they have repaid her with an intimate glimpse in...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    It is clear that these individuals have exercised considerable courage and determination to sort out their sexual natures and to be true to them. They have the sturdy sense of huma...

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