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Transformer

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Canada

2018

1h 20m

Director Michael Del Monte

Starring Janae Marie Kroczaleski

Genre Documentary

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In the summer of 2015, former US Marine and world record weightlifter Matt "Kroc" Kroczaleski, now Janae, was publicly outed as being transgender. The reaction was universal: her sponsors abandoned her, she was disowned by her parents, and banned from competing. Janae must attempt to find her place in society. Initially wanting to strip off the muscle and become a much smaller looking woman, she found herself unable to lose the muscle she so desperately gained. She now finds herself living one day as an alpha male and the next day as a delicate girl.

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L.A. Weekly by Alan Scherstuhl

The film might prove more illuminating and instructive if it examined more reactions to Kroc’s flowering from within the lifting world. Overall, though, Del Monte has crafted a warm portrait of the birth of a woman from a man who found that he had even more strength than he ever realized.
80

The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

Following Matt through a public transition and capturing its unique set of complications, Del Monte offers a warm portrait of a thoroughly winning subject.
80

Los Angeles Times by Katie Walsh

Transformer beautifully captures the process of Janae crafting her own sense of femininity, unique to who she was and who she continues to be.
83

Original-Cin by Liam Lacey

The topical issue of gender indeterminacy is examined, not through the lens of moralizing or academic theory, but from one person’s vulnerable experience.

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