In 2005 Kimberly Reed documented her first trip back to her hometown of Helena, Montana after moving away 20 years prior. The impetus is a high school reunion, but Reed's nervousness about returning to her small town roots goes beyond the typical teenage angst laid on top of mid-life anxieties. During the long separation, in the years since Reed graduated high school, she transitioned from male to female and has actively avoided seeing anyone from her "Paul" years.
shifts focus to Mark and the difficulties his family faces dealing with
his rapidly deteriorating condition. There is a fleeting moment of hope
when Mark is discovered by his birth mother and learns that his
biological grandparents are Hollywood film legends Rita Hayworth and
Orson Welles. He is immediately flown to Croatia by Welles's long-time
lover and has attention lavished upon him for his previously unknown
genetic legacy. He's even invited to participate in a forthcoming
documentary about Welles's long-lost works (badumching!) However, it
quickly becomes apparent that this new information about his past (along
with a combination of medications and therapy) won't be enough to
overcome a lifetime of dysfunctional family dynamics and physical
damage. Soon after the trip to (unbelievably gorgeous) Croatia, separate
scenes capture Mark beating Kim, strangling his younger brother and
threatening his mother with a knife on Christmas Eve.