Tiresia is a Brazilian transsexual who is kidnapped by a client then stabbed in the eyes when withdrawal from hormone treatment turns she into he
In Greek mythology, Tiresias was a beautiful, blind seer who was both male and female. In Bertrand Bonellos hugely pretentious follow-up to The Pornographer, Tiresia is a Brazilian transsexual who is kidnapped by a client then stabbed in the eyes when withdrawal from hormone treatment turns she into he.
Sheltered by a caring Catholic girl, Tiresia develops second sight and becomes the local oracle, attracting the attention of a priest. It makes sense to alternate an actress and actor for the role of Tiresia, but Bonellos decision to cast the same person (Laurent Lucas) as the kidnapper and the priest two entirely different characters is wilfully stupid.
Flash-cuts of strong sex and violence (plus a gratuitous mutilation scene) add shock value, but destroy any poetic attempts to fit this ancient myth into the modern world.
Bizarre casting and production choices have resulted in a not altogether winning update of Greek mythology