When transgendered Adam helps his baby-crazy ex-girlfriend Miriam artificially inseminate, they wind up in bed together— and they both get pregnant. Now Adam must reconcile his identity with his biological reality, grapple with his feelings for Miriam, and try to figure out what it means to be a man.
Forty-year-old Adam Bachman is a man of few words. He lives alone in his angular apartment and gets lost each night in his empty bed. Adam spends his days working as a Mattress Warranty Technician. He spends the rest of his time hiding his secrets.
An awkward client encounter makes Adam realize he’s got to ditch the slacker job and get his life together. Time to be a man. But that’s interrupted when he gets a hysterical phone call from his nutty ex-girlfriend, Miriam. They haven’t been in touch for two years and the break-up was ugly. She begs him for help, saying it’s a matter of life and death. He knows he shouldn’t go— but he does. To his horror, Adam discovers that psycho Miriam is trying to get pregnant with a box of donor sperm and a syringe. Adam tries to convince her she’s unfit to be a mother and against his better judgment, they wind up hanging out again. She wants his moral support as she tries to get pregnant—she gets a lot more. The day she inseminates, they wind up in bed.
When Adam meets his doctor to make the final arrangements for the phalloplasty he’s been saving for, she checks some routine blood tests. The doc laughs when she reads his file. There must have been a screw-up at the lab because the blood test says Adam is pregnant. They both crack-up and then Adam’s smile fades. He remembers helping Miriam inseminate…
Here’s the thing: Adam is transgendered. Four years ago, he started his transition from female to male, but female-wise, that transition isn’t quite complete. Now he’s trying to be a man, and men don’t get pregnant. He’s torn between his feelings for Miriam, his need for a masculine identity and his eccentric pot-smoking mother’s desire for grandchildren. Adam must figure out whether he’s going to settle down and have a baby, or just try to be one of the guys.
Country: Canada Year: 2014 Running time: 77 min
Director: Maureen Bradley
Monday 18/4 at 21:30
Cinema 1, Theniothiki, Greek film archive