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The screening on Thu 11 Jan at 2 pm has descriptive subtitles and will be relaxed for people living with dementia.

Monica is the intimate and moving portrait of a transgender woman living in Los Angeles who must return home to Ohio for the first time in over 20 years to care for her dying mother, Eugenia .

Not certain her mother recognizes her while staying in her childhood home, Monica must heal the wounds of her past with Eugenia and her brother, Paul. She must also forge her path of forgiveness and acceptance forming new relationships along the way with her sister-in-law, Laura, as well as her niece and nephews.
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Exploring the universal themes of aging and beauty, rejection and alienation, Monica begins to reconstruct the mosaic of her life, recognizing herself as a whole person, stronger through pain and joy, both able to give and receive love.

Trace Lysette superb as painful homecoming heals family wounds- ★★★★ The Guardian

Trace Lysette mesmerises in gentle mother-daughter drama- Financial Times

Director- Andrea Pallaoro

Cast- Trace Lysette, Patricia Davies Clarkson, Emily Jane Browning, Joshua Close


  • What is a dementia supportive screening

    Dementia-supportive screenings in association with Teesside Dementia Link Services are designed to make the experience of attending certain screenings at ARC easier for people living with dementia.TDLS staff members will be in attendance at these screenings to support those living with dementia with ticket purchases, finding their way to their seats, and providing a welcoming environment. If you would like to attend the screenings and require an essential companion such as a support worker to attend with you, you can also take advantage of our companion ticket scheme – providing your essential companion with a free ticket to attend the screening with you. These screenings will run without reduced sound levels, and the cinema lighting will go to full dark during the film. If screenings with reduced sound and higher light levels would better meet your access requirements please see ARC’s relaxed screenings for those living with dementia on Thursday afternoons.

  • Information about screenings with descriptive subtitles

    Descriptive subtitles, sometimes referred to as subtitles for D/deaf and hard-of-hearing people or captions, transcribe dialogue and relevant aspects of the soundtrack, including music and sound effects, attempting to give D/deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers an equal experience to those who can watch films without descriptive subtitles. Descriptive subtitles would include speech identifiers and descriptive elements such as [door slamming] and [kettle whistling].

  • Seating accessibility information


    Seat size

    Seats in the Cinema are 45cm (172/3“) wide and 46cm (18“) deep, are 40cm (152/3“) from the floor, and have 12cm (42/3“) between seats.


    Seats in the Cinema have armrests that do not fold away, and cannot be completely removed.


    Seats in the cinema have 30cm (112/3”) of legroom in front of seats, with additional legroom on row A and seats B1-B4 and B11-B14.

    Further information

    If you have any questions about accessibility our Box Office team are always happy to help and can be contacted on 01642 525199 or by emailing [email protected] - you can also tell us about your access requirements when prompted to do so during the online booking process.

  • BBFC rating information (may contain spoilers)


    There is use of strong language (‘f**k’), accompanied by other milder terms (‘screw’, ‘bastard’ and ‘God’).


    There are scenes of strong sex, including nudity, some of which occur in the context of a woman performing as a cam girl, in which she masturbates herself and begins to undress for a client online.


    A trans woman grapples with the memory of her mother rejecting her new sex identity. This memory is only ever recalled verbally. There are also references to the fetishising of her body when the woman, who is a sex worker, talks to a potential client over the phone.

    Sexual violence and sexual threat

    A man harrasses a woman while she sits in her car, referring to her as a ‘hot girl’ and loitering around her car as she tries to reverse out of a parking position.


    Emotional scenes involve a family caring for their ailing mother, who is suffering from a brain tumour. We sometimes see the woman in tears from the pain, or in a state of confusion about her surroundings. Family members also deal with years of being estranged from one another.