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Monica | Trace Lysette and Andrea Pallaoro on Emotional Trans Story

Trace Lysette in Monica

For Mother’s Day, every parent has high expectations for their children. What if an estranged child needs to reconnect after drastic changes in her life? In Monica, the film tells a story about re-connection, self-discovery, and acceptance as a woman returns home after abandonment from her mother.

The film stars Trace Lysette (Hustlers, Transparant), Patricia Clarkson (The Station Agent, Far from Heaven), Adriana Barraza (Babel, Drag Me to Hell), Emily Browning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sleeping Beauty), and Joshua Close (Fargo, In Their Skin). Andrea Pallaoro directed the film from the screenplay by Pallaoro and Orlando Tirado.

Here is the official synopsis:

Monica is an intimate portrait of a woman who returns home after a long absence to confront the wounds of her past. Reconnecting with her mother (Patricia Clarkson) and the rest of her family for the first time since leaving as a teenager, Monica (Trace Lysette) embarks on a path of healing and acceptance. The film delves into Monica’s internal world and state of mind, her pain and fears, her needs and desires, to explore universal themes of abandonment and forgiveness.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta talked with actress Trace Lysette and director Andrea Pallaoro about crafting this emotional drama of a torn woman returning to her family.

Trace Lysette is most known for her notable role as Shea in the series Transparent and as Tracey in the feature film Hustlers. She was featured in the Netflix documentary Disclosure as herself. She made her television debut in 2013 in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit—making her one of the first trans people to appear in a cisgender speaking role on United States primetime television.

Andrea Pallaoro is an Italian filmmaker who notably wrote and directed Hannah, which starred Charlotte Rampling. His first feature film Medeas premiered at the Venice Film Festival and received numerous festival awards.

Monica is in select theaters in the Los Angeles and New York markets.

Watch the exclusive interview with Trace Lysette and Andrea Pallaoro below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

For news and interviews, contact Gig Patta at [email protected]. Follow for all his postings and musings in entertainment.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, IFC Films

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