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  • Summary: TURNING, based on a tour of Europe by Antony and Charles Atlas, is a music documentary that explores the heart of that performance. Through its synthesis of Antony´s songs and unfurling video portraiture of the 13 remarkable women who performed on stage, TURNING
    creates an intimate and
    cinematic experience exploring themes of identity, transcendence and the revelation of essence. [TurningFilm.com] Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Steve Smith
    Nov 14, 2012
    80
    These women - performance artists, models, butch lesbians and transsexuals - expose their unique beauty under close scrutiny, and rather than simply chronicling a concert, Atlas incorporates candid interviews and playful banter to define his picturesque subjects.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Nov 14, 2012
    70
    As a whole and in conjunction with the concert snippets, they give an impressionistic glimpse of a performance and the people behind who forge it, no matter how often Atlas's glib multiple-exposure visual concoctions threaten to get in the way.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 14, 2012
    70
    A must-see for fans of the cult musician and a moving, if sometimes oblique, look at gender-identity issues, it will find many admirers in niche bookings.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Nov 14, 2012
    70
    The 13 women, all born or made New Yorkers -- all born or made women -- of various ages, shapes, sizes and backgrounds, lose none of their mystique by being captured "behind the scenes," traipsing through airports or meticulously applying weird makeup. Rather, they reveal themselves as more conscious, integral parts of a spectacle that unfolds to hypnotic effect.
  5. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Nov 16, 2012
    60
    Onstage the Johnsons perform Mr. Hegarty's agreeably lush, intimate and often melancholy piano-based songs, accompanied by a string section.
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