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Title:
Normal
Author:
Anderson, Jane, 1954-
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HBO Video, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (112 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Roy and Irma are a devoted couple living a normal life in rural Illinois. At a party celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, Roy inexplicably blacks out. As he awakens, it is with the realization that his life must change forever. Roy confesses to Irma that he's a woman trapped in a man's body and that he wants a sex change. A surprise to his wife, turns out to be a shock to the church-going community. Now Roy must face his friends, co-workers and his own children as he confronts his own transformation.
General Note:
Widescreen version (16x9).

Based on the play "Looking for normal" by Jane Anderson.

Special features: audio commentary by writer/director Jane Anderson.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated; adult content, adult language, brief nudity.
ISBN:
9780783123660
UPC:
026359202520
Format :
DVD

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Although undergoing a sex change is not as unusual a procedure as it once was in days gone by, it is still hardly an everyday occurrence -- especially in rural, conservative western Illinois, where Normal takes place. After 25 years of marriage, Roy Applewood (Tom Wilkinson) surprises his wife, Irma (Jessica Lange), by announcing that he'd rather be a woman, and in fact has felt like a woman for most of his adult life. As Roy undergoes the standard hormone and prosthetics process to transform himself into "Ruth," his sudden gender switch elicits shock, surprise, and anger from friends, family members, and co-workers alike -- but also is met with support and sympathy from a number of extremely unlikely sources. Tastefully produced and acted, the film wisely avoids shock value in its subject matter and condescension in its treatment of middle-America types. Directed by Jane Anderson, who also adapted the script from her own stage play Looking for Normal, the made-for-cable Normal premiered March 16, 2003, on HBO. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi