Posts Tagged ‘lesbian’

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Sex, gender, freedom and more sex in this documentary on Hulu…

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This very French take on young love comes in at over three hours in length. The director was intransigent in his perfectionism and this is how he demanded the film be. At the end of the running, we learned that it was supposed to be divided into two chapters, but I don’t recall any actual chapter break / intermission on the DVD.

It’s probably best to break it after the first 90 minutes or so. The scenes are well acted and often very good, natural, but so many of them wouldn’t have made the cut in Hollywood. American audiences may not be so patient.

The film, of course, has extended raw sex scenes between the two girls. They may have ran a bit too long, but then so did the rest of the movie, and so proportionally they make sense.

 

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It’s a very recognizable coming of age story with a likeable French girl Adele, a kindergarten teacher, who doesn’t really fit into the eccentric art world of Emma, the blue-haired seductress. They make a go of it, hiding their relationship as needed, but human weakness and temptation throw their ship toward the rocks.

The style is claustrophobic, nearly every shot a close-up of Adele. It’s always right up against her cheek, and we see every side of her imaginable. The production ran way long, snatching up footage for months after the initial production schedule had expired. This was a very good idea, something Kubrick would do. Time is the crucial ingredient that allowed film to progress beyond the mundane, beyond the script and the production schedules that seek to limit the possibities.

Neither actress would ever work with director Kechiche again. The film, though, won the Palme d’Or and launched their careers in a way they could never have hoped for. We don’t see such raw, powerful performances very often. So credit is due.

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Here’s a free web show about some wacky NY lesbians (Facebook).  Good and funny with tight writing…

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I just posted Chapter 18 for kicks.   Perhaps this story is not what you were expecting?

 

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It’s been no secret that the actresses and the director had a falling out after a torturous extended shoot.  Then, they suddenly won Cannes, and now they are global news.

Kechiche chalks it up to a problem between the two actresses, and the way they open up to the scenes.  Adele is good on the first take, always giving 100%, but Lea takes many takes to loosen up and inhabit the role, according to Kechiche anyway.  This makes for many attempts to achieve one or a couple good performances of the two together.  It’s an oil and water kind of chemistry, and it seems to have paid off with major awards and recognition.

Blue is the Warmest Color releases on DVD Feb. 11th.

 

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This is the stuff that will keep em flocking to Hollywood, looking for stardom.

It got the NC-17:

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The second I saw the poster I knew I was seeing this film.  I think of the 1990s as the golden age of indie cinema, underrated and perhaps in need of revisiting.  Many geeks overrate the 1970s, chock full of nostalgia.  But most 70’s films don’t hold up at all, unless you’re into bell bottoms and corporate funk.

High Art is one of the first serious lesbian dramas to get some distribution in theaters.  It’s a fascinating character centered story about some New York artists and publishers, and I just couldn’t look away.  Ally Sheedy returns as an aging, retired photographer who is now addicted to heroin and floundering away.  The younger Radha Mitchell discovers her living in her building, and tries to convince Sheedy to come and take photographs for the magazine she works for.

As Syd (Mitchell) is drawn into Lucy’s world (Sheedy), her own life is set in relief.  Living a boring lower level TV yuppie life with her boyfriend seems cold and un-engaging compared to the twisted life that Lucy has lived.

The two are thrust together to work on a series of photos for the next issue.  Of course Syd is eventually seduced, leading to the film’s climax, a series of provocative photographs of the two in bed, photos never meant to released.

 

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Directing a hot, lesbian murder mystery…

DePalma on Passion

“First we were going to set it in London, but then we were going to do the interiors in Germany. But after looking at some of the stuff in Germany that was supposed to be London, I said, “Why don’t we just shoot it all in Berlin?” It’s an international corporation. So that’s what we did, and we had to find particularly interesting locations, which is always something that I’m a stickler for. If it doesn’t look good in a photograph, then why is it in your movie? Because a movie’s trying to put the camera in a place that’s perfect for a particular action taking place. I think about it all the time.”

 

 

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Blue is the Warmest Color’ Stirs Up Feminist Controversy
Julie Maroh wrote the graphic novel that was adapted into the film…

“Because — except for a few passages — this is all that it brings to my mind: a brutal and surgical display, exuberant and cold, of so-called lesbian sex, which turned into porn, and me feel very ill at ease. Especially when, in the middle of a movie theater, everyone was giggling. The heteronormative laughed because they don’t understand it and find the scene ridiculous. The gay and queer people laughed because it’s not convincing, and found it ridiculous. And among the only people we didn’t hear giggling were the potential guys too busy feasting their eyes on an incarnation of their fantasies on screen.”

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Also film crew complains of being cheated out of overtime pay during the production.