Adolescence is hard enough, but 19-year-old Bennett Wallace is facing a few other challenges—not least of which is his relationship with his mother, Suzy, who is struggling to accept that Bennett is male. “All I really want is to be loved by my family,” says Wallace. “It’s complicated for them.”
Filmed over the course of four years, the documentary Real Boy explores their relationship and Wallace’s journey to adulthood. Along the way, Wallace gets advice and support from folksinger Joe Stevens, who is also transgender.