Oh my god. This film made me go on a roller coaster of emotions. At first I was super impressed with the representation of Dil. She is a strong independent woman. And when you find out she’s a transwoman its a bodily reaction, the film sets up her own anxiety with the issue of undressing for him so that when you react with him you are also reacting with her.
Then the film moves to an area that I wasn’t comfortable with until I realized what the film was trying to do. Fergus tells her to transition to a masculine presentation for her protection which is really fucked up. But the film is trying to highlight the real bodily existence of transwomen. That it is dangerous to be who you are if you exist outside the hegemony. That especially people living on the margins, the gentrified, those who can’t go through a medical transition. And during this era of the Irish troubles. This film puts the issues of identity and how different identities create different issues that overlap and intersect at a forefront of the narrative and by doing so rejects the problematic nature of the plot points and transforms them into the personal struggles of specific characters rather than the issue laden pretenses and morals of stereotypes. This is what happens when you let the characters determine the flow of the narrative rather than the narrative to influence the characters. The film isn’t perfect, but it does this better than mainstream films ever do.