52 Tuesdays

52 Tuesdays

52 Tuesdays

Bittersweet Australian indie drama, a winner at both Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals in 2014. 16-year-old Billie (newcomer Tilda Cobham-Hervey) comes of age at an accelerated rate when her mother reveals plans to change gender. From Adelaide director Sophie Hyde, her fictional debut having previously made dance documentary Life in Movement. Hyde shot the film strictly over 52 consecutive Tuesdays, to capture a year of life onscreen.

"Billie is blindsided by the news that her mother is planning to transition from female to male and that, during this time, Billie will live at her father’s house. Billie and her mother have always been extremely close, so the two make an agreement they will meet every Tuesday during their year apart. As her mother transitions and becomes less emotionally available, Billie covertly explores her own identity and sexuality with two older schoolmates, testing the limits of her own power, desire, and independence." (Sundance Film Festival)

Winner of the Directing Award (World Cinema, Dramatic) at Sundance FIlm Festival 2014; Winner Crystal Bear (Generation 14plus, Best Film) at Berlin Film Festival 2014
2013Rating: MA15+109 minsAustralia
Drama

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

A delicate and rich relationship drama, 52 Tuesdays follows a family through a year of transformation. The film opens with the revelation that Billie’s mother is preparing to transition to become a man. They make an arrangement that Billie will live with her father for the year but she will spend every Tuesday evening with her mother. In true 16-year-old style, Billie has her own plans for these Tuesdays and sets down a very different path of exploration.

format compromising content

The video log format and the idea of decomposing the entire year into 52 tuesdays are fresh at the beginning, but soon fade into a drag.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Boasts breakout talent in front of and behind the camera.

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Certainly unique and that carries much creative weight; it also contains dramatic tension, but that is rationed and uneven.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

The observational skills of the documentary maker show up again here. More surprising is the level of intimacy she achieves with her untried cast and unorthodox modus operandi.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A fictional story with the textured authenticity of a docudrama... While some of the non-professional actors are a little stiff, cramping the film’s emotional breadth, the sensitively observed drama is distinguished by its structurally adventurous approach and the intimacy of its storytelling.

Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

A delicate and rich relationship drama, 52 Tuesdays follows a family through a year of transformation. The film opens with the revelation that Billie’s mother is preparing to transition to become a man. They make an arrangement that Billie will live with her father for the year but she will spend every Tuesday evening with her mother. In true 16-year-old style, Billie has her own plans for these Tuesdays and sets down a very different path of exploration.

Variety

Variety

press

Boasts breakout talent in front of and behind the camera.

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Certainly unique and that carries much creative weight; it also contains dramatic tension, but that is rationed and uneven.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

The observational skills of the documentary maker show up again here. More surprising is the level of intimacy she achieves with her untried cast and unorthodox modus operandi.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A fictional story with the textured authenticity of a docudrama... While some of the non-professional actors are a little stiff, cramping the film’s emotional breadth, the sensitively observed drama is distinguished by its structurally adventurous approach and the intimacy of its storytelling.

format compromising content

The video log format and the idea of decomposing the entire year into 52 tuesdays are fresh at the beginning, but soon fade into a drag.

3.0