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venus (Eisha Mar­jara) is about tran­si­tion­ing transwoman, but, re­fresh­ingly, writer/di­rec­tor Eisha Ma­jara shifts the emo­tional leg­work largely to the char­ac­ters around her lead, cre­at­ing a film in which the world must come to grips with the trans per­son – not the other way around. Sid (De­bargo Sanyal) is em­bark­ing on a tran­si­tion when she finds out she has a pre­teen son named Ralph (Jamie May­ers) with a high-school ex (Am­ber Gold­farb) she hasn’t spo­ken to in years. At the same time, she rekin­dles a romance with a clos­eted boyfriend (Pier­reYves Car­di­nal) while com­ing out to her In­dian im­mi­grant par­ents (Zena Darawalla and My Beau­ti­ful Laun­drette’s Gor­don War­necke). There’s laugh-out-loud com­edy, but the script al­lows the hu­mour to flow from the char­ac­ters, par­tic­u­larly Sanyal’s dead­pan de­meanour, which thaws some­what with the ar­rival of Ralph – but not en­tirely. In gen­eral, Venus smartly avoids sweep­ing trans­for­ma­tion in favour of grad­ual change, but the sub­plot of Ralph keep­ing his mom in the dark is overly drawn out and the wan rom-com aes­thetic is com­mer­cial enough to strip the film of a sense of place. It’s ironic, given that Venus oth­er­wise man­ages to take spe­cific ex­pe­ri­ences and make them feel uni­ver­sal. 95 min. nnn (Kevin Ritchie)

Pierre-Yves Car­di­nal (left), Jamie May­ers and De­bargo Sanyal de­liver some laugh-out-loud mo­ments.

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