is a 2005 independent comedy-drama film
produced by IFC Films
and The Weinstein Company
. The film tells the story of Bree, a transsexual woman
), who goes on a road trip
with her long-lost son Toby (Kevin Zegers
The film is marked by an Academy Award
-nominated and Golden Globe
-winning performance by Huffman, who is also known for her performance in Desperate Housewives
One of the major themes of the film is the personal journey toward self-discovery, according to interviews with the director and actors.
One week before her vaginoplasty
, Sabrina 'Bree' Osbourne (Felicity Huffman
) receives a phone call from Toby Wilkins (Kevin Zegers
), a 17-year-old jailed in New York City
. He asks for Stanley Schupak (Bree's former name), claiming to be his son.
Bree was previously unaware she had a son; she now wants to break with her past and renounce him. However, Bree's therapist
) refuses permission for her operation if she does not face up to her past.
Bree flies from Los Angeles
to New York
to bail Toby out of jail. Toby is a small-time drug user and male hustler
. His mother committed suicide
, after which he was raised by his stepfather, whom he does not want to see again.
Bree pretends to be a Christian missionary
and persuades Toby to ride with her back to the West Coast, secretly planning to leave him at his stepfather's along the way. When they arrive in the fictional town of Callicoon, Kentucky
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