If director Kimberly Reed fictionalized her family story as a stage play or an independent film, it would seem unlikely beyond belief. Instead, her documentary Prodigal Sons follows the remarkable twists in the relationship of two siblings to reveal the complexities of identity and life's abundant ability to throw curves at people.
Prodigal Sons begins with Kim returning from her life as a New York editor to her hometown of Helena, Mont., to attend a high school reunion. The tall, cheerful blond has changed a great deal since her days as her school's star quarterback, Paul McKerrow. Kim hasn't been back to Montana since she made the transition from male to female. At a keg party, her old classmates seem to take her new persona and girlfriend in stride.
4 out of 5 stars. Directed by Kimberly Reed. Stars Kimberly Reed, Marc McKerrow. Not rated. Opens Fri., March 26. At Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Instead, tension arises from Kim's estranged, adopted brother Marc. Marc's a self-described high school party animal who suffered a brain injury at 21 after a car crash. Off his meds, Marc experiences violent mood swings, fits of hostility, and obsessions over childhood grievances. His situation severely complicates Kim's attempts to renew ties. Roughly a month after the reunion, Marc tracks down his birth family and discovers he's a blood relative of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth.
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