1999 Certificate: 18


In Kimberly Peirce's superbly handled telling of a true story, Hilary Swank bagged an Oscar for her tender/tough performance as Brandon Teena, the Midwestern teenage girl who passed herself off as a boy - with tragic consequences. Chloë Sevigny deserves equal credit as Teena's lover Lana, since it's the chemistry between them that makes their doomed affair so compelling. Drama of the highest class.


  • Kimberly Peirce


  • Hilary Swank

  • Peter Sarsgaard

  • Chloe Sevigny

  • Brendan Sexton III


A long, painful and intense true story about Teena (Hilary Swank), a girl who spent her life wanting to be a boy and made up her mind to live as one.

Running away in the wake of a car theft charge, she falls heavily for Lana (Chloë Sevigny) only to find her involved with two psychotic ex-cons.

The tragic consequences of this liaison make this complex film difficult to watch in spite of amazing performances by Swank and Sevigny.