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Female Trouble (1974)

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Along with Pink Flamingos (1972), this is the film that gained cult director John Waters his trophy for spectacularly redefining melodrama.

It features the transvestite Divine as the larger-than-life bad girl Dawn Davenport, on a perverse quest for self-realisation, following a disastrous Christmas morning in which her parents fail to deliver the requested cha-cha heels.

The squeamish solo delivery of her baby is the first scene in what turns out to be a true mother-and-daughter-from-hell scenario, with Mink Stole in hyper tantrum mode as the insufferable brat, Taffy.

Also noteworthy is the overflowing, endearing Edith Massey in a category of acting all her own.

Waters’ disregard for the genteel is in full force throughout (and this remains the favourite of his hardcore fans). Those with a sensitive disposition be warned: this is an unhinged celebration of bad taste.

Dawn Davenport/Earl Peterson
Divine
Donald Dasher
David Lochary
Donna Dasher
Mary Vivian Pearce
Taffy Davenport
Mink Stole
Aunt Ida Nelson
Edith Massey
Concetta
Cookie Mueller
Chiclet
Susan Walsh
Gater
Michael Potter

Director
John Waters

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