Meet Mark and Alex Farley, all-American twin brothers from Montana. They were normal, quiet, "perfect" kids growing up, says their mother, but as is often the case, adolescence brings about some unusual challenges. Mom suspected her boys were gay from a young age, but the twins' elementary school teacher disagreed. Technically, both were wrong. Mark, who now goes by Oliver, was indeed gay. Alex, however, is now a woman named Clair.
The twins' parents split when they were preteens, their mother still seems to harbor ill will toward them, and they once attempted suicide together. Through all of this, the twins always had each other—mirror images and constant reminders that they were never alone. But even their unique bond has been forever altered by Clair's transition. Red Without Blue chronicles the current lives of the twins, now 24, and the childhood strife and family issues they still deal with today.
Nearly every transgender person's story is loaded with confusion, discrimination and fear. Clair's tale is no different. But while the rest of the family battled their own issues, Clair's brother struggled with Clair's choice to alter their twin-hood.
Rookie filmmakers Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills and Todd Sills have assembled a unique look at alternative family issues. Those interested in the topic or who simply want a fascinating albeit short (74-minute) look into the Farleys' world ought to pick up this documentary.
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