A Portion of a Lady | Chicago Reader

A Portion of a Lady

UK filmmaker Marco Chiandetti says he wanted to avoid the “melancholic” quality of many drag-queen films, and his video on Destiny Angel, Evita Clittorina, and Juana La Cubana mostly succeeds. The subjects are so playful and casual that their transformations seem more like kids playing dress up than adults remaking their identities, and they address the handheld camera as spontaneously as they do each other, which turns the documentarian into a participant and reminds us that they're always on stage. Their live performances are fascinating for their rough edges and eccentricities, yet the question of why they cross-dress remains a mystery. 75 min.


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