Just Char­lie

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YOUNG TEENAGER CHAR­LIE has tal­ent to burn on the foot­ball pitch. Top clubs want to sign up the soccer prodigy. Dad is ea­ger, too. But the golden boy has other dreams. And when Char­lie makes a big splash by com­ing out as trans­gen­der, the re­sult­ing rip­ples spread far be­yond his fam­ily.

This low-bud­get Bri­tish in­die film tack­les the del­i­cate sub­ject of gen­der dyspho­ria with great sen­si­tiv­ity. Di­rec­tor Re­bekah For­tune, work­ing from a script by Peter Machen, gets a ter­rific per­for­mance from 14-year-old Harry Gilby in the lead role, but what makes the film work so well is that all the main char­ac­ters – in­clud­ing Char­lie’s sup­port­ive mother (Karen Bryson) and sym­pa­thetic sis­ter (Eli­nor Machen-for­tune) – are given depth and com­plex­ity.

In­deed, the emo­tional jour­ney taken by Char­lie’s fa­ther, played by Scot Wil­liams, is just as tur­bu­lent, in its own way, as that taken by the trans­gen­der teenager.

THIS SEA­SON, HARRY HAD HOPES OF A GOOD CUP RUN

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