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  • Summary: Tonia is a large-than-life drag icon of Lisbon’s night life in the late 1980s. At the peak of her career, she meets and falls in love with Rosario, a young soldier who's gone AWOL. Under pressure from Rosario, Tonia begins a series of operations to become a woman but the final step proves much harder than she could have guessed. Torn between her love for Rosario and her deeply-rooted religious convictions, Tonia looks for distraction in a trip to the countryside with Rosario. Lost along the way, the couple find themselves in an enchanted forest where everything they think they know about life and love is proven wrong. Part melodrama, part phantasmagorical fairy tale, To Die Like A Man is visual extravaganza. (Strand Releasing) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Apr 7, 2011
    To Die Like a Man deserves your attention for showcasing a filmmaker with the capacity for bold narrative trickery that doesn't come at the expense of emotional investment.
  2. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Apr 5, 2011
    A mysterious, fabulously sad fable.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 6, 2011
    The film suddenly gains in power, until it fulfills the promise of its title with hard-hitting compassion and a crystal-clear sense of grace.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Apr 7, 2011
    To Die Like A Man is powerfully controlled, and builds to a moving finale in which the characters are stripped down to their essences: no flowers, just stem.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Apr 7, 2011
    For all its melodrama To Die Like a Man is a not a tearjerker. Its gaze into the void is as unblinking as that of the H.I.V.-positive 60-year-old hustler in Jacques Nolot's even more hard-headed film, "Before I Forget."
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Mowe
    Apr 8, 2011
    Strictly for patient, gay-friendly audiences, this drawn-out melodrama about an ageing drag star in overstays its welcome.
  7. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Apr 8, 2011
    The praise for this static, overlong, stagebound work is a mystery to me.

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