â€˜Madame Xâ€™ Finds an Audience
Is the world ready for an Indonesian transvestite superhero?
â€œMadame Xâ€ is one of the unexpected surprises at this yearâ€™s Hong Kong International Film Festival, where it had its first public screening outside Indonesia.
Itâ€™s an original and uncharted subject for a movie: A transgender hair-salon worker blossoms into a masked crusader who battles homophobia in Indonesia.
The singularly named performer Amink plays the title role in a sequined dress, platform shoes, platinum wig and pink lip gloss. The movie mixes a message of tolerance with campy humor and low-budget special effects.