Normal (2003 film)
|Directed by||Jane Anderson|
|Produced by||Thomas J. Busch
Lydia Dean Pilcher
|Written by||Jane Anderson|
|Music by||Alex Wurman|
|Editing by||Lisa Fruchtman|
|Distributed by||HBO Films|
|Running time||110 minutes|
Normal is a 2003 drama film produced by HBO Films, which became an official selection at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Jane Anderson, the film's writer and director, adapted her own play, Looking for Normal. The film is about the gender transition of Ruth Applewood, a transsexual woman who had been living as a man for 25 years of marriage. A Midwestern factory worker, Applewood (then going by "Roy") stuns her wife of 25 years by saying she wishes to undergo sex reassignment surgery and transition to living as a woman. The film was praised by most critics,[who?] and was nominated for numerous awards.
Applewood (Tom Wilkinson), after fainting on the night of her 25th marriage anniversary, shocks her wife Irma (Jessica Lange) by revealing that she suffers from gender identity disorder and plans to transition into living as a woman and be renamed Ruth. While Ruth tries to keep the family together, Irma's initial reaction is to separate from her. Patty Ann (Hayden Panettiere), their daughter, is more accepting, but Wayne (Joe Sikora), their son, struggles with the transition.
Ruth faces ostracism at church and at work. She finds understanding from her boss but not from her minister. In the end, Irma discovers that love transcends gender and the family survives.
- Jessica Lange as Irma Applewood
- Tom Wilkinson as Ruth Applewood
- Clancy Brown as Frank
- Hayden Panettiere as Patty Ann Applewood
- Joe Sikora as Wayne Applewood
- Richard Bull as Roy Applewood, Sr.
- Mary Siebel as Em Applewood
Awards and nominations
- Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television (nominated)
- Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television - Tom Wilkinson (nominated)
- Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television - Jessica Lange (nominated)
- Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special - Hallie D'Amore, Linda Melazzo, and Dorothy J. Pearl (won)
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie - Tom Wilkinson (nominated)
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie - Jessica Lange (nominated)
- Outstanding Made for Television Movie - Cary Brokaw and Lydia Dean Pitcher (nominated)
- Outstanding Main Title Design - Antoine Tinguely, Jasmine Jodry, Jakob Trollbeck, and Laurent Fauchere (nominated)
- Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Dramatic Special - Jane Anderson (nominated)