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“˜Madame X’ Finds an Audience

5 April 2011

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“˜Madame X’ Finds an Audience

Is the world ready for an Indonesian transvestite superhero?

“Madame X” is one of the unexpected surprises at this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival, where it had its first public screening outside Indonesia.

It’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.

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via The Wall Street Journal

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