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TIFF Capsule Review: 'Peaches Does Herself'

By Boyd van Hoeij | Indiewire September 14, 2012 at 9:00AM

Toronto-born, Berlin-based electronic musician and singer Peaches plays herself in the concert film “Peaches Does Herself,” a no-holds-barred explosion of post-punk and neo-queer performance art that mixes song, music, dance, theater, costumes and nudity. Born Merrill Beth Nisker in 1966, though she doesn’t look older than 25 or thereabouts, Peaches performs songs on a Berlin stage from her various albums, including “Teaches of Peaches,” “Fatherfucker” and “Impeach My Bush,” with her radical, sexually explicit and often queer- and transgender-themed lyrics accompanied by musicians, dancers and, occasionally, elaborate theatrics. It’s a spectacle for the eye and ear as she tries to redress (or is it erase?) the world’s gender imbalance while also giving audiences some superb voice work and an impressively staged show. Think of it as a “Pina” for the queer and sexually liberated crowd; it’s not in 3D, but there are more than enough curves onscreen to make up for it. Criticwire grade: B+ [Boyd van Hoeij]
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Toronto-born, Berlin-based electronic musician and singer Peaches plays herself in the concert film “Peaches Does Herself,” a no-holds-barred explosion of post-punk and neo-queer performance art that mixes song, music, dance, theater, costumes and nudity. Born Merrill Beth Nisker in 1966, though she doesn’t look older than 25 or thereabouts, Peaches performs songs on a Berlin stage from her various albums, including “Teaches of Peaches,” “Fatherfucker” and “Impeach My Bush,” with her radical, sexually explicit and often queer- and transgender-themed lyrics accompanied by musicians, dancers and, occasionally, elaborate theatrics. It’s a spectacle for the eye and ear as she tries to redress (or is it erase?) the world’s gender imbalance while also giving audiences some superb voice work and an impressively staged show. Think of it as a “Pina” for the queer and sexually liberated crowd; it’s not in 3D, but there are more than enough curves onscreen to make up for it. Criticwire grade: B+ [Boyd van Hoeij]

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