The extraordinary year for mainstream representation of transpeople (see: “Transparent,” “Tangerine,” “Orange is the New Black,” Caitlyn Jenner and possibly the upcoming “The Danish Girl”) aims to continue with “About Ray,” a family drama about a teenage trans boy named Ray (Elle Fanning) in the midst of transition.
Out on September 18th (with a likely but as-yet-unannounced TIFF debut a week prior), the Gaby Della-directed film released a trailer today, and it suggests the potential to be a very moving ode to the hardships of being a transgender teenager — and the importance of family support.
Here’s the official synopsis.
ABOUT RAY tells the stirring and touching story of three generations of a family living under one roof in New York as they must deal with the life-changing transformation by one that ultimately affects them all. Ray (Elle Fanning) is a teenager who has come to the realization that she isn’t meant to be a girl and has decided to transition from female to male. His single mother, Maggie (Naomi Watts), must track down Ray’s biological father (Tate Donovan) to get his legal consent to allow Ray’s transition. Dolly (Susan Sarandon), Ray’s lesbian grandmother is having a hard time accepting that she now has a grandson. They must each confront their own identities and learn to embrace change and their strength as a family in order to ultimately find acceptance and understanding.
Check out the trailer below: