Alexandre is a transgender person who has lived with his girlfriend Marie for more than seven years. Because of the mark “female” in his passport and his trans identity, Alexandre cannot find a job and has to lead a secret life. The violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity brings the couple to the decision to leave their homeland. To afford this exodus, Marie signs a contract to be a surrogate mother. Instructions for Survival narrates the love between two people whose lives are a constant battle but who stick together against all odds.
Jule Katinka Cramer’s camera is present but never too intrusive, even though it often follows the subjects from a minimal distance. The whole story is told by Ugrekhelidze with great tact and sensitivity.Davide Abbatescianni,
– Cineuropa, March 8, 2021