Coral Bonelli was first known as “Pinolito,” a child actor in the 1970s Mexican film industry. The son of a mariachi and an actress, he grew up poor but a natural performer and was steered by his passionate stage mother, Lilia. After working in movies, “Pinolito” performed on the demanding cabaret circuit and then announced that he would become a woman. With her devoted, aging mother by his side, Coral deals with social prejudice and struggles to piece a living together.
Best LGBT Film, Guadalajara International Film Festival, 2013
Guerrero Press Award, Morelia International Film Festival, 2013
Director Roberto Fiesco’s quietly expansive documentary feature debut (gorgeously lensed by Mario Guerrero) is a steadily evolving, revelatory portrait of gender identity, showbiz, and family set against the endemic homophobia—as well as diverse springs of acceptance—in Mexican society. Disrupted evokes a delicate balance in which the wearying task of survival and an indomitable romantic imagination live side‐by‐side in an often cruel but also unexpectedly generous life.”
—Robert Avila, Frameline