New Release: To Die Like a Man DVD

Release Date: Aug. 23, 2011
Price: DVD $24.99
Studio: Strand Releasing

To Die Like a Man movie scene

Fernando Santos is Tonia in To Die Like a Man.

A 2009 France-Portugal co-production, the film To Die Like a Man is a fantasy-musical-drama mash-up by Portuguese writer/director João Pedro Rodrigues (O Fantasma, Two Drifters), who’s known for movies that deal with explicit, gay-themed subjects.

To Die Like a Man tells the tale of Tonia (Fernando Santos), a larger-than-life drag icon in late 1980s Lisbon, who meets and falls in love with Rosario (Alexander David), a young soldier who has gone AWOL.

Under pressure from Rosario, Tonia begins a series of operations to become a woman, but the final step proves much harder than she could have guessed. Torn between her love for Rosario and her deeply rooted religious convictions, Tonia looks for a pleasant distraction via a trip to the countryside with Rosario. But when they get lost along the way, the couples find themselves in an enchanted forest where everything they think they know about life and love is proven wrong.

A frequent entry in film festivals around the world a couple of years back — the movie played at fests in Cannes, Toronto, Buenos Aires, New York, Melbourne and other cities — To Die Like a Man opened in one theater in the U.S. earlier in 2011 to generally positive reviews from critics.

No bonus features are on the DVD of the unrated movie, which is presented in Portuguese with English subtitles.

Check out the movie’s trailer with English subtitles:


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