Ryan Cassata is a passionate and talented 18-year-old musician with long hair, a lip ring, dark glasses and loose jeans, who rarely lets his acoustic guitar slip from his side. He met his 16-year-old girlfriend, Alexis, during summer camp the year before and they fell madly in love. After appearing on a television talk show, Ryan’s popularity as a musician grows and he becomes a bit of an icon in the transgender world (he began his transition from girl to boy four years earlier). But his girlfriend’s parents disapprove of their relationship and the pair must confront the harsh realities of the adult world. Alexis will have to choose between her family and the man she loves. This is an inspiring coming of age story about two teenagers who, with surprising poise and resolve, try to assert their identities in a sometimes unwelcoming world. (Juan Baquero)

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Her is set in Los Angeles, that bastion of car culture—romanticized, impractical, or otherwise. And there’s no absence of traffic: Specks clearly made to signify automobiles move serenely along ribbons of highway. (The infrastructure’s there, too: One of the lead character’s memories of his ex-wife shows the two gently battering each other with orange traffic cones, on their heads, on an abandoned freeway ramp.) But within 10 minutes of the movie’s beginning, we understand that our protagonist, Joaquin Phoenix’s Theodore Twombly, commutes to work on a spotless, warmly lit metro.

So does everyone else.”

Read: How Mass Transit Helps Convey the Future in ‘Her’

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