Khastegi (Persian: خستگی; also known as Tedium and Sex My Life) is a Persian independent film written and directed by Bahman Motamedian and produced in Iran. It was shown at the 65th Venice International Film Festival.
Khastegi (sex my life) tells the story of seven Iranian transsexuals living in Tehran who live pieces of their own lives on the screen. Boys who like to be girls and a girl with a boy's spirit and energy! Their spirits are not at one with their bodies, and this is a problem more forceful and burdensome in Iran's Islamic society with its religious precepts and tradition of patriarchy. One can sense the depth of their loneliness and tedium when one sees that they are not accepted even by their own families. These are young people estranged from their own bodies and spirit, and exhausted by this estrangement from themselves and a society that gives no right whatsoever to sex minorities.
Tells the story Of seven Iranian transsexuals living in Tehran who live pieces of their own lives on the screen. Motamedian uses a mix of documentary and fiction to better explore their journey in finding their true identity and manages to avoid the obvious trap of sensational and victimization. What surprises is that getting the acceptance from families proves to be more a challenge than from the religious authorities for a sex change operation. Yet, the reason for such tolerance is that to change sex seems better than to live a homosexual life!
Films open our eyes to some things which we have no access to…Khastegi chronicles and documents the struggles of transsexuals, and in the light of that struggle, comes positive vibes in their courage for independence despite what others might think.
A NUTSHELL REVIEW
Poetic, delicate, reflective, introspective, dramatic
The work is a bold expose of that society’s unfeeling stand on transsexuals….the film works splendidly
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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