Southern Comfort Kate Davis' award-winning documentary follows the final year in the life of 52-year-old Robert Eads, who was born as Barbara, gave birth to two sons,…
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Southern Comfort (2003)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Details Release Date: Mar 25, 2003; Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Documentary; With: Lola Cola and Robert Eads; Distributor: HBO Theatrical Documentary

Kate Davis' award-winning documentary follows the final year in the life of 52-year-old Robert Eads, who was born as Barbara, gave birth to two sons, and then decided to become a man. As Davis unobtrusively follows the terminally ill Eads and his ''chosen family'' of fellow Georgia transsexuals -- including his girlfriend, a male-to-female transsexual -- she convincingly demonstrates that gender is more mental than physical. But instead of functioning as a voyeuristic indulgence or degenerating into a morass of pity, the film soars. It captures the resilience of human spirits, once imprisoned by their bodies, who have discovered how to live free.

Originally posted Apr 04, 2003 Published in issue #703 Apr 04, 2003 Order article reprints