Original English version with French subtitles
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TRANSFIXED is a documentary that tells the story of a highly unconventional romance. Martine Stonehouse and John Gelmon are engaged, and are both living with Asperger Syndrome. Martine is a transsexual who is preparing for the surgery that will change her into the woman she has always believed herself to be. Martine's main motivation is her quest to marry John, who identifies "straight" and promises to end their relationship unless she "gets a vagina."
Before John and Martine can fulfill their dream of living as husband and wife, they will have to overcome Martine's battle to lose weight, John's stubborn-mindedness, a series of medical complications, financial woes, and a stressful race to pull off the ultimate wedding - one that simultaneously celebrates and smashes down romantic conventions, and one that is as unique and compelling as they are.
A love story between two people on the autistic spectrum with complex sexual identity has never been told on TV… ever. Following their journey, this film will shed light on the connection between Asperger's and transsexuality, challenging mainstream ideas about relationships and identity in the 21st century.
At its core, TRANSFIXED makes us ask: What is love? What is a relationship? Martine and John's love may not be our ideal picture of romantic love, but somehow they make it work. They're one step beyond post-post modern - a quirky mixture of conservative dreams, liberal politics, and their own fearless and charming idiosyncrasies.
Transfixed is a deeply human story about freedom, self-actualization and the quest for happiness - one that anyone who has ever longed for love and acceptance can empathize with and understand.
“The result is a sensitively wrought profile in courage, hope and self-respect that's truly transfixing.”