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The new film by Ruben Alves (The Gilded Cage) is a feel-good story about overcoming hardship and prejudice, with a fun and light-hearted commentary on how attitudes towards gender are shaped. It is the best kind of thought-provoking film: one that is celebratory and joyful.
Ever since childhood Alex (Alexandre Wetter) had wanted to enter the annual Miss France beauty pageant, despite being a boy. However, adolescence was not kind and Alex suffered huge blows to his self-esteem. When an unexpected encounter allows Alex to once more pursue his dreams, he does everything he can to transcend the traditional binary gender definitions that threaten to hold him back.
Miss is the first major acting role for Wetter, a model who has made a career out of defying gender norms. Wetter’s personal journey makes them the perfect person to play Alex in this inspirational film that inspires us to rethink the status quo.
LANGUAGE: French with English subtitles
"Gender non-conforming model Alexandre Wetter is absolutely divine as his character seeks to liberate his femininity through an antiquated and problematic competition that is, fortunately, able to poke fun at itself."
★ ★ ★ ★ ½ -Out In Perth
"... a smart popular comedy, a story of self-accomplishment set against the hope for a freer, less binary society. ... a luminous and joyful ode to the acceptance of the self and of others." Cineuropa
"Wetter is the true star of this film, and his transformation is mesmerising. From the start, you’ll be cheering him on and you’re in for an enjoyable ride." Brisbanista