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Swan Song

Directed by Todd Stephens
2021
USA
105 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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A fabulously snippy hairdresser (screen legend Udo Kier; Bacurau, SFF 2019) escapes his nursing home and treks across small-town Ohio to fulfil the dying wish of a former client.
Once upon a time every society lady in Sandusky, Ohio, flocked to the salon of hair magician and drag queen Pat Pitsenbarger (Kier). But that was thirty years ago, before “the Liberace of Sandusky” lost everything – including the love of his life. The despondent Pat seems destined to end his days in a retirement home. That’s until he’s informed that a rich former client has posthumously nominated him to style her funeral hairdo. What follows is a poignant and often uproariously funny odyssey. Pat seeks out the old-school supplies he needs – while visiting people and places from a time long before the rainbow flag flew openly in Sandusky. Kier, in the performance of his life, is simply superb and the soundtrack rocks.
There’s a sincerity here underneath the frothy caper of a renegade stylist shoplifting hair products all over town and finding his own unique way to have the last word.
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
The actor brings something no other performer could to the role, a sly European elegance.
Peter Debruge, Variety
Program Strand
First Films
Year
2021
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
USA
Language
In English
Director
Todd Stephens
Producer
Todd Stephens, Eric Eisenbrey, Stephen Israel, Rhet Topham, Tim Kaltenecker
Cast
Udo Kier, Jennifer Coolidge, Linda Evans
Screenwriter
Todd Stephens
Cinematographer
Jackson Warner Lewis
Editor
Spencer Schilly, Santiago Figueira W.
Genre
Comedy, Gender & Sexuality, Seniors, LGBTIQ+ Films
Sales Agent
Magnolia Pictures International
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