Short drama based on a true story about Francesco, a 19-year-old trans guy who embarks on a transitioning process in old-fashioned and narrow-minded Sicily. His on-screen journey starts with his decision to begin hormonal therapy and the conflict with his parents, who then get over their fear for their child and decide to support him. We witness him go through his struggle to go out in the real world, because the “outside” is where he’s subject to negative encounters, and step out of his comfort zone to actively go after what he wants. In the second half of the film, Francesco has already been taking testosterone for a few months and the physical changes are more visible and audible. After these changes, he’s ready and legally allowed to attend his first court hearing needed to obtain a new ID. This first hearing doesn’t go well, but before the ending scene, Francesco’s birthday party, we find out there will be a second one that will likely go better. Bare-chested doesn’t have a definite happy ending, but a hopeful one that leaves us with the feeling that Francesco will, in the end, get what he wants.

  • Monica Platania
  • Monica Platania
  • Monica Platania
  • Giulio Lo Certo
    Key Cast
  • Luca Lisi
    Key Cast
  • Letizia Gori
    Key Cast
  • Vlada Malka Pecena
    Director of Photography/Gaffer
  • Marica De Cubellis
  • Daryl Tabone
    Camera Assistant
  • Ingrid Dutra Filhagosa
    1st Assistant Director
  • Gaetano Condorelli
    Sound Recordist/Mixer
  • Giulio Lo Certo
    Assistant producer
  • Anthony Foti
    Secondary cast
  • Sara Platania
    Secondary cast
  • Alessia Maggi
    Secondary cast
  • Lele Russo
    Secondary cast
  • Marica De Cubellis
    Secondary cast
  • Margo Casaburi
    Secondary cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    A petto nudo
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - London South Bank University
Director - Monica Platania