Tangerine is indeed, a Sean Baker film. Every movie released of his so far you can tell comes from a place of love for the art of film and him being a Letterboxd user doesn’t help gainsay that claim too. Baker’s implications of immersive, naturalistic, hard-edged dialogue and acting is so crucial to encapsulating the tarnished streets of Los Angeles.
Tangerine is a movie based around transgenders hustlin’ about and searchin’ for a wayward, pimp cheater, while dragging a flower-powered hooker along the safari and being followed by a douchebag, taxi driving husband that somehow, is never once dull in its minimal hour and twenty-eight minute runtime due to its peerless, bouncy execution. Did I mention that this movie is filmed on an iPhone? Gosh this indie, daft smasher is just a-w-e-s-o-m-e.
Okay, time to make my own film on an iPhone. I have no excuses at this point.
Also, shoutout to The Florida Project, the best movie of 2017.
“Tangerine” is now available to rent and buy on Vudu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, and Hulu.