Feature tells the story of an 'internationally ignored' rock singer, Hedwig, and her search for stardom and love. Born a boy named Hansel whose life's dream is to find his other half, Hedwig reluctantly submits to a sex change operation in order to marry an American G.I. and get over the Berlin Wall to freedom. The operation is botched, leaving her with the aforementioned 'angry inch'. Finding herself high, dry and divorced in a Kansas trailer park, she pushes on to form a rock band and encounters a lover/protégé in young Tommy Gnosis, who eventually leaves her, steals her songs and becomes a huge rock star. Hedwig and The Angry Inch shadows Tommy's stadium tour, performing in near-empty restaurants for bewildered diners and a few die-hard fans. Somewhere between the crab cakes and the cramped motel rooms, between the anguish and the acid-wash, she pursues her dreams and discovers the origin of love.
More than just a bunch of blokes in drag...
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch review by Kurtz
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If like me you felt nothing but a little uncomfortable when hairy male followers of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” felt compelled to drag on their girlfriends’ underwear, you might have shared my initial misgivings about “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, but two minutes in it’s obvious that this is a completely different beast- Hedwig him/herself, for example is a sublime creation, poignantly played by his/her creator, John Cameron Mitchell, firing killer one-liners and capturing the character’s sadness and dignity even while delivering an infamous “carwash” to unsuspecting audience members- (has to be seen to be believed!) There can’t be many other movies that invoke an unholy mash-up of Plato, Lou Reed and the Tina Turner and still communicate a coherent message…AND THE SONGS REALLY ROCK!!!!!!!! (…and I didn’t even mention Yitzhak, the most unconvincing boyfriend ever…)