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A young boy who feels like an outcast runs away from home to find his estranged mother, meeting a colourful cast of characters along the way.
Paul (Jaeden Martell) is a lonely kid living with his father (Chris Messina) in a run-down house in a run-down city. He also has hypertrichosis, a condition that causes excessive hair growth — exposing him to a vicious combination of bullying, isolation, and self-loathing. When Paul runs away from home in an attempt to reunite with his estranged mother, he encounters, befriends, and antagonizes an assortment of misfits — including Aristiana, a young transgender girl played by the luminous Sophie Giannamore, and Mr. Silk (John Turturro), a corrupt carnival operator. While being pursued by police officers and criminals alike, Paul must come to terms with his appearance and, ultimately, learn the secret of his familial heritage.
Structured in the manner of a 19th-century European children’s book, Martin Krejcí’s coming-of-age film embraces the darkness within the fairy-tale genre while still maintaining a sense of playfulness and fantasy. Complex and tender, with a screenplay by trans writer Olivia Dufault, The True Adventures of Wolfboy is an honest representation of youth and a celebration of the unconventional and unloved.
Programmed by TIFF’s LGBTQ+ Staff Advisory Committee
Content advisories: violence, sexual language, mature themes
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