Toronto Film Scene Reviews Take a Walk on the Wildside

HOT DOCS 2017 REVIEW: TAKE A WALK ON THE WILDSIDE

Posted by William Brownridge | Apr 25, 2017 | FestivalsHot Docs 2017 | 1  | 

Paddy Aldridge has spent years running a very unique shop in Toronto. Wildside sells wigs, dresses, silicone breasts, and heels. That doesn’t sound unusual at all, but it’s Aldridge’s clientele that makes things different. Wildside caters to cross-dressing customers, some who have been doing this for over 30 years. With a welcoming smile and an ear for listening, Aldridge and her store have been a safe place for men to explore their fantasies and inner-selves.

Take a Walk on the Wildside is a touching short film that gives viewers an intimate look into the unique business of Paddy Aldridge, as well as allowing us to get a little understanding into the ways in which her store has been a place for men to feel safe about their choices. Aldridge is a happy and patient woman, working alongside her mostly older customers so they can take a moment in their lives to perhaps feel more like themselves than they normally do.

Within the walls of Wildside, customers are free to dress as they please, while they may not be able to outside of the store. One customer even talks about how he has to be careful about who is around when he’s at home. Here, he can dress any way he wants, and he knows that Aldridge will always have an open mind and a positive comment. It’s not something that you would think would cater to a need in society, but Take a Walk on the Wildside shows us how important Aldridge and her business have been, and continue to be.

IS TAKE A WALK ON THE WILDSIDE ESSENTIAL FESTIVAL VIEWING?

While this would certainly make for a great full length documentary, Take a Walk on the Wildside still shows viewers how important Aldridge and her store have been in its brief running time.

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