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Monica

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Trace Lysette (Transparent) leads this lyrical tale of a trans woman called to care for the ailing mother (Patricia Clarkson; High Art MGFF99) who disowned her years before.

When Monica receives a call from her sister-in-law (Emily Browning), it’s the first contact she’s had with her family in twenty years. Her mum is dying. Caught between the pain of adolescent rejection and a desire for closure, she returns to her childhood home to become her carer. But following her transition and her mother’s poor health, does the woman who has caused her so much pain even recognise her? Powerful performances anchor this intimate and complex exploration of family and forgiveness.

Content warning: contains transphobic themes

Australian Premiere

2024 Independent Spirit Awards – Nominee Best Lead Performance, Best Cinematography
2022 Venice Film Festival – Winner ARCA CinemaGiovani Award, Nominee Queer Lion

“A quiet, heartfelt, and beautifully nuanced drama that feels unique and universal, featuring what will surely go down as one of the best performances of 2023.” – RogerEbert.com

“Announcing the supreme talents of Lysette as its captivating star, Monica crafts a resolute portrait of hope in an increasingly bleak world … it’s one of the most important films of the year.” – The Daily Beast


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About Monica
  • Community

    Transgender Women
  • Director

    Andrea Pallaoro
  • Writer

    Andrea Pallaoro, Orlando Tirado
  • Cast

    Trace Lysette Patricia Clarkson Emily Browning Adriana Barraza Joshua Close
  • Producer

    Christina Dow Eleonora Granata-Jenkinson Andrea Pallaoro Gina Resnick
  • Company Credits

    Courtesy of: Solo Five Productions
  • Program Strand

    Narrative Feature
  • Blurb Writer

    Andrew Wilkie
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