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I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987, 81 minutes)

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Summary:

A girl friday, Polly, finds a job with Art Gallery Curator and finds herself involved with a couple who have something up their sleeves.

The Review:

I was trying to review this movie without giving too much away. Let’s just say that it is a pleasure to watch, literally. It’s beautifully and imaginatively shot. The director, Patricia Rozema, uses that imagery to speak about love, life and art.  Our heroine, Polly (Sheila McCarthy) pulls a Walter Mitty and daydreams her life away.

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The Killing of Sister George (1968, 138 minutes)

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Summary:

June Bukridge (Beryl Reid) is an actress who portrays a cheerful country nurse, Sister George, in a popular English series. At home, she has a younger lover, Childie (Susannah York). June’s escapades begin to get her in trouble with the network. Enter Mercy Croft (Coral Browne) a predatory BBC executive, who is the bearer of bad news not just about June’s work but her love life as well.

The Review:

Here’s another oldie but goodie. This movie might have the first cinematic woman who not only identifies as a lesbian, but is also proud of it. June (in the movie everyone calls her George) is a woman who is loud, “butch” and some other adjectives that are associated with lesbian stereotypes. Stereotypes abound in this movie, so if this easily offends you, perhaps you should stay away. If, on the other hand it doesn’t, then don’t miss this one.

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Everything Relative (1996, 110 minutes)

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Summary:

Old college chums get together for the weekend for a reunion that is bound to open old wounds and perhaps heal them. A lesbian Big Chill.

The Review:

This is the kind of movie you enjoy more as it progresses or even better on second viewing. At first there are too many things going on, too many people coming in all at once. Quite a few key plot points are revealed before we even know who these women are. I found that the second viewing helped me sort it out. Otherwise, you find yourself asking questions like, “who is the straight girl again?” The second thing that some will find objectionable is all the singing in the movie. These women reminisce about a time and a place that very few of us have seen. Unrecognizable songs are sprinkled throughout the movie to add to the nostalgia. These songs are nostalgic to no one but the characters. Other than that, you can add this movie to the growing number of movies that represent different strands of the lesbian community.

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Wild Side (1995, 96 minutes)

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Summary:

Alex(Anne Heche) is a sex addict who moonlights as a prostitute by night. Virginia(Joan Chen) is married to an underworld big shot, Bruno (Christopher Walken), who has recently become involved with Alex. During a scheme thought up by crooked cop, Tony (Steven Bauer), the two women unexpectedly come together and start a plan of their own.

The Review:

This movie gained notoriety long after it was released thanks to Anne Heche’s relationship with Ellen DeGeneres. Keep in mind the movie was made before Anne became aware of her attraction to Ellen. Although, it is beyond me how anyone could not become aware of such a thing after kissing Joan Chen.  It’s still really difficult for me to separate Anne Heche, the actress, from the person who gained all the notoriety through the craziness in her personal life. If you can manage to put it aside, give this movie a try. I happened to see the movie before Anne’s affair with Ellen and I was really taken by the movie.

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Lesbians on TV

Otalia fans will now how frustrating it was to watch the great build up descend into crap. Why does it happen with every show? I had refused to get caught up in it again, but Otalia was ending I figured the odds of a terrible ending were slim. What I didn’t count on was the censorship that basically neutered their sexuality.

I was following the saga of Ana and Teresa on the Spanish soap, Amar en Tiempos Revueltos. I didn’t watch any of it, just kept reading about it. Apparently, it had a terrible ending. Other than they actually kissed, it seemed like a worse ending in that they weren’t without a man in the middle till the last scene. And then with an ambiguous, will see next year.

I just can’t get excited about any of it anymore. It’s so disappointing.