OriginFrance, United States
In a small town deep in the American Midwest, Suzanna begins a gender transition and becomes a boy: COBY. Coby’s transformation deeply impacts the lives of all who love him - and each member of this tight-knit family must confront their own preconceived notions of gender and sexuality. Combining excerpts from Coby’s video diary with candid, heartfelt interviews from his closest friends and family - Christian Sonderegger’s debut feature is an intimate and sensitive look at a timely subject. Ultimately, Coby’s journey morphs into the transformation of a whole family compelled by love to modify their own perspectives.
"Sonderegger weaves interviews with Coby, his girlfriend, parents, and brother with Coby’s transition timeline YouTube videos. In doing so, Sonderegger creates a compelling picture of what it looks, sounds, and feels like to go through the transition process... One of the most effective sequences occurs at the very end of the film, when we hear Coby say multiple times (in voiceover) how many weeks along he is in taking testosterone. This chronological audio timeline stands in for the transition process writ large and offers a strong closing to a sensitive portrayal of gender and sexuality. COBY would be beneficial for both public and academic libraries and is appropriate for courses in gender studies, family studies, psychology, and sociology." - Kathleen Spring, EMRO. Highly Recommended.