52 Tuesdays

As a gesture of support for her mother's sexual reassignment, she converted to Hasidic Judaism.
As a gesture of support for her mother’s sex change, she converted to Hasidic Judaism.

A mother asks her teen daughter Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) to move out for a year while she prepares for gender reassignment surgery. Billie finds the separation hard as they’ve always been close, but they agree to meet up once a week on Tuesday.

Billie then starts to investigate her own sexuality as a voyeur/participant in the relationship of Josh and Jasmine, two older kids from her school.

I went into this with trepidation, knowing the filmmakers’ starting point was not the story but the decision to shoot only on Tuesdays for a year. Jesus, I thought to myself, even though that isn’t my name.

But it’s good: witty and warm. It’s not about a family struggling to accept Jane becoming James, it’s about a girl becoming herself. True, it’s a little long and the adult performances are patchy, but Cobham-Hervey is a mesmerising screen presence – a Wasikowska/Blanchett in the making. One to watch. 7/10

Released May 1, 2014

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