Film Forum is proud to present the U.S. theatrical premiere of Anna Muylaert’s “Don’t Call me Son”, beginning Wednesday, November 2. Tall, dark, androgynously handsome, Pierre wears eyeliner and a black lace G-string, while having sex with both boys and girls. The confusion only goes deeper when the teenager’s single, working-class mom is arrested for having stolen him (and his “sister”) at birth. Thanks to the wonders of DNA, he’s returned to his biological parents: bourgeois, straight-laced and thrilled to have him back — at least until he shows up in an outrageous zebra-print mini dress.
The turmoil of adolescence is plumbed with wit and compassion by writer/director Muylaert, whose previous film, “The Second Mother”, also deals with familial loyalty and class tensions. Actress Dani Nefussi gives completely believable knockout performances as both mothers, and newcomer Naomi Nero defies expectations as a broodingly intense, potentially volcanic six-footer in stiletto heels.
“Don’t Call me Son” will have a 2-week engagement November 2 – 15 at Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. (West of 6th Ave.), with screenings daily at 12:30pm, 2:20pm, 4:15pm, 6:10pm,8:00pm, and 9:50pm.