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‘Femme’ review: An uneasy watch that makes it hard to look away

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Every week, Kristopher Pollard from Milwaukee Film and Radio Milwaukee’s Dori Zori talk about movies — because that’s what you do when you’re Cinebuds.

Watching films that deal with difficult subject matter can be a big ask when the real world already throws a lot of tough stuff our way. But as daunting as hitting that “play” button can be sometimes, it’s a potentially rewarding experience — provided the right people are involved.

Femme very much qualifies as one of those movies that take on the worst parts of our world: homophobia, hate crimes, violence and more. It tells the story of Jules (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), a drag performer who falls victim to a vicious attack that destroys his career and his life in general. But it hardly stops there. It’s a revenge tale. A twisty psychological journey. An erotic thriller.

It’s also a well-made film.

While our dynamic duo of Dori and Kpolly have an established light-hearted brand that frequently ventures into goofiness, they quickly put that aside to take you through their experience with Femme. And if you’re the type to take a pass on films like this, maybe listening to our typically silly cinephiles talk about their enjoyably complex experience will give you the nudge you need to have one of your own.