Screen Queen Presents: The Crying Game
For the month of February, we’ll be highlighting some of the most raw and brutally honest stories about trans experiences. Some fiction, some based on true stories, these will surely stick with you and provoke necessary conversation about what it’s like to live as a trans person in today’s society.
THE CRYING GAME
In this successful psychological thriller, a reluctant agent of the Irish Republican Army discovers that some people just aren’t who you expect them to be. Fergus (Stephen Rea) is an IRA “volunteer” who, despite personal misgivings, takes part in the kidnapping of a black British soldier, Jody (Forest Whitaker), stationed in Northern Ireland. The IRA hopes to use Jody as a bargaining chip to win the release of IRA operatives behind bars, but, while guarding Jody, Fergus becomes fast friends with his prisoner. Jody makes Fergus promise him that if he dies, Fegus will look in on his girlfriend, Dil (Jaye Davidson), and see if she’s all right. Jody escapes, and Fergus doesn’t have the heart to shoot him; as fate would have it, Jody runs from the woods into a street only to be run over by a British police vehicle, which then flushes out the IRA compound. Fergus escapes to London, where he’s wanted by the law for Jody’s kidnapping and also by his former girlfriend, IRA operative Jude (Miranda Richardson), who thinks he knows too much to fall into the hands of the British authorities. Good to his word, Fergus tracks down Dil, and soon the two outcasts find themselves entering into a love affair, although Fergus discovers that Dil is not the sort of woman he thought she was.
Winner Best Screenplay, Best Picture – Oscars
“Its components are built upon deception and forgiveness, misconnections and misunderstandings, sexual jealousy and moral ambivalence, trust and loyalty, desperation and loneliness. It is also, not incidentally, a crackling good movie.” Chicago Tribune
“Suspenseful and emotionally complex, skillfully mixing politics with affairs of the heart, The Crying Game is something unexpected, a challenging new way to tell a very old story.” LA Times
- 2/25 | 8:00PM