A Perfectly Normal Family
First time director Malou Reymann presents a heart-wrenchingly honest portrait of a household in crisis in her seminal debut, A Perfectly Normal Family.
Reymann, who reportedly went through such a trauma herself, grips with an engaging look at the modern family dynamic, and how challenges to the established order affect its most vulnerable members. Combining personal experience with an intuitive grasp of human behaviour, Reymann crafts a piece that’s thoughtful, intimate, and hopeful.
Emma has what you’d consider to be a ‘normal’ family life. That is, until one day her dad announces that he intends to transition into a woman. Through tense therapy sessions, upsetting holidays, and acts of teenage rebellion, the family must work hard to adapt to this new way of living together, if that’s even possible.
'Perfectly Normal Family is a triumph in personal filmmaking, and an important film that offers an accepting hand to those hiding from their true selves. It’s not, however, unrealistic about the situation it portrays, and crucially presents the effect on the familial zeitgeist in tender detail. However, its powerful climax ends on a note of optimism, that (cheesy as it may be), love will conquer adversity.' ★★★★★- Nathanial Eker, UK Film Review