Different for Girls
|Director of Photography:||Sean Van Hales|
|Production Designer:||Grenville Horner|
|First Look Pictures; R; 101 minutes|
|Cast:||Steven Mackintosh, Rupert Graves, Neil Dudgeon and Saskia Reeves|
Despite a heartfelt, sharply observed performance from Mackintosh, Different for Girls stumbles over a tried and tested plot, even with the gender-bending twist. Priggish Kim (Mackintosh) née Karl is insecure with her transsexuality and desperately wants to blend in with society. When a car accident reunites her with old school chum Paul Prentice (Graves), she denies ever knowing the rowdy motorcycle messenger, but Paul hasn't forgotten the face. Paul finds himself attracted to Kim, though he's troubled by his feelings. After a series of nearly disastrous outings, they develop a mutual attraction, though neither can come to terms with their doubt. The film carefully explores the emotional and physical aspects of transsexualism.