27-year-old French gay artist Luc Bruyère is a model, musician, dancer, and drag queen who lost his left arm at birth due to Agenesis and is HIV positive. Bruyère’s physical beauty and rock-star charisma captivates as he recites his insightful musings on life, including: “Performing as a woman is really what made me a man,” and “I don't expect acceptance from others, I take it.” Traveling from Paris to Berlin, Luc navigates a disability while processing how his father left him when he was young leaving his mother with depression. Now reconciled with both parents, they all celebrate his sister’s pregnancy, while Bruyère continues to push forward his art.
In this stunning debut by Loren Denis and Anthony Vibert, they capture an intimate and sincere portrait of a one-armed artist navigating life with a disability while processing parental abandonment, addiction, sex work, and gender while being HIV positive and the stigma that attracts. Bruyère’s inspiring and lyrical outlook on life can be summed up with his carefree poetry, “Constantly being reborn might be a way to cheat death, which is why I have to mutate constantly.” A magnetic hero celebrates his unwavering joie de vivre through his transcendent resilience.--Judd Taylor