Jack Leahy always knew he was a girl. The film begins with the moment Jack first publicly presents himself as such. 134 captures a family’s journey through the thicket of gender, modern adolescence and parental expectation. While Jack’s mother Christine is in full support when the film begins we get a hint of her past turmoil when she reflects on a time she lost her temper with younger Jack when he first insisted on trying on a dress. From mortified mother to steadfast supporter her road has not been an easy one. It’s Christine’s love and acceptance that allows Jack to mount the stage in his dress, wig and make up, but ultimately, it’s his father’s love and acceptance that Jack seeks. Whether or not Ronan can resolve his anger and put aside his expectations is what drives this film to the end. It’s not the dancing competition Jack is desperate to win, but the love and acceptance of both his parents.