Simply Love (2007)

Genres - Family & Personal Relationships  |   Sub-Genres - Gender Issues  |   Run Time - 50 min.  |   Countries - Netherlands   |  
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One in a flurry of western European documentaries - all produced at around the same time - that examine the offbeat and unpredictable courses charted by everyday lives, Dutch director Eveline van Dijck's documentary Simply Love (AKA Gewoon Liefde, 2007) actually constitutes a long-delayed sequel to her 1993 gender-bending profile A Change of View. Whereas, in the earlier film, van Dijck honed in on a man named Marcel who subjected himself to a sex-change operation and took the name Marcella, this outing focuses on the same individual amid a reunion with his/her teenage sweetheart, Marijke. Incredibly, their love still remains as vital as ever after a forty-year separation. Despite the change of gender, they promptly declare themselves a couple once again, meet one another's families, and decide to marry- determined to overcome whatever hurdles stand in the way. van Dijck relies on the story to etch a portrait of undying romantic devotion that transcends the boundaries of time and gender.

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devotion [dedication], lesbianism, marriage, obstacle, sex-change, sweetheart, transsexual