Suspected of murdering the transgender hooker population of Brussels, Bo (Robinson Stévenin in a superb performance), a pre-op transsexual, chooses to act as suspicious as possible by breaking into apartments, accosting neighbors, and courting the local hustler. Although director Girod hints at Bo’s peril as a possible victim, the character’s employment in a noble profession (she waits tables at a drag bar) establishes that she is never really endangered. Still, Girod contrives a stream of scenes in which men tromp Bo for her sexual advances. After multiple explanatory scenes to clarify the obvious, Bo’s lacerated face and broken limb are her paltry compensation for helping solve the crimes. Transfixed ultimately fails in the same way as William Friedkin’s Cruising: Despite honorable intentions, it may have an unintended appeal for bigots.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 20, 2004