Having good actors and actresses really make the whole movie more enjoyable. Maggie est paniquee par leur arrivee imminente, d'autant plus que Lila n'a aucune idee de sa vie privee! Elle rencontre Kim, une artiste peintre, dans un night-club. Maggie, a worldly yet closeted twenty-year-old runs into her new girlfriend Kim, a similarly aged artist-on-the-road, the day before her mother and brother come to live with her and romantic adventure ensues. There is the sex-ridden but likable Carla. In the dialogue between Lila and other characters we see that, as filmmakers, the writer and director have a real grasp on the difficulties of being creators. The scenes between the neurotic Francis and Judy are wonderful and the scene where Francis confronts a customs officer that is holding up her books is priceless.
Ipersonally have not seen a movie that shows what life is really likefor lesbians and well, this one certainly does. Life is simply not that generous. This is one of my favorite movies for the subtle humor and beautiful theme of the movie and I, personally, give it an A+! C'est le debut des surprises et des sorties de placards. I felt the same way with the plot, too. When all the characters mentioned above finally find themselves living under the same roof some days later, things become chaotic and almost grotesque cause it's so obvious that Kim and Meggie are a couple but Lila is simply blind for it. For example when Maggie quits her finance studies to live her dream of being an author. Complications ensue as the conservative Lila learns the truth about Maggie Judy and their diverse group of friends.
Well, what can one say about this film? There is the sex-ridden but likable Carla. Maggie's mother, Lila, believes the only pleasure left in the world after her divorce is chocolate, but soon finds there still is more to life. I was expecting a pleasant bit of romantic fluff, but instead found this movie to be hilarious, hot, poignant and well-acted. If nothing else should have tipped her off that Dwyer was not living the 'normal' life those battery operated sex toys should have said something. And really isn't that what everybody wants? Everything, from the performers to the script to the direction get better and better as the movie progresses. The humor is all about the difficulties we face in communicating with each other, fears of coming out, of taking risks. I'm glad I watched this one in its entirety.
Complications ensue as the conservative Lila learns the truth about Maggie, Judy, and their diverse group of friends. The very involved subplots, however, create the film's promise. The timing is especially bad, considering Maggie has fallen hard for an attractive woman, Kim, only hours before they move in. It is strong in almost every respect, from its cinematography to its background music. From the over-bearing, life-invading mother, to gang-raping skinhead men who randomly roaming the streets of Vancouver. So, besides allowing us to dream, this film also gives incredible hope and this might be its greatest strength. The camera work on the brother peeking scene was excellent.
Every antagonistic character was portrayed as fairly Neanderthal-like. Peter Outerbridge is just incredible as Judy and you really have a hard time to believe that this is his first transsexual performance he's so great in this role and just a beautiful woman. Things get even more problematic when one night, after her performing at the club, Maggie meets her knight, who does not wear an armour or ride a white horse, but who is an attractive, tough and cool girl named Kim, rides a funky van and lives on the road, earning her money with drawing portraits. We get to know Frances, the neurotic owner of the book shop Maggie works in. Felt like I was really there walking around that curtain. There have been better movies dealing with homophobia, coming out seeing as 80% of mainstream gay movies are about coming out , and lesbian romance.
Things seem to go pretty fine until the day when Maggie's Mum Lila calls and informs our princess that she just left her current husband and wants to move in with Maggie, bringing Maggie's teen brother Paul with her. And this beautiful love story has highlights of its own, and I don't want to reveal even one of them. It deals with many of the issues people have with sexual multitude, even amongst the lines of people who are not straight. The pretext isthat Dwyer has dropped out of the university, but Crewson wants tocheck out more than that. Not this one : it is universal,but set in Canada. This is a group of great Canadian actors, who have proven once again that Canada can hold her own when it comes to the arts. I was cheering the girls, and would have been very hurt if they had not gotten back together again.
I mean, she could have easily played a simple butch, but she adds such charisma and dignity to her character it's just amazing. Crewson and Outerbridge aid each other in their moment of crisis. If you like romantic little stories, and are a fan of gay cinema - then you should see this movie. This is a wonderful movie rich in both love and life. Both of the young actresses displayed an amazing variety of facial expressions. It wasn't the best lesbian film I've seen, but it's quite sweet.
Anyways, it had some delicious erotic scenes, and some nice romantic sappiness, so it's really not to unbearable to watch, if you don't think to hard. Of course it's one or two clichés, I mentioned it before. The final flaw here is in the censorship subplot, which really has no place in the story--it just feels like the writer had a desire to make a muddled political statement. Everything, from the performers to the scripttothe direction get better and better as the movie progresses. It needed a few viewings before I could really get into this film.
Thanks to miss Wheeler and all the cast. Not really : it's just a prettygoodromantic comedy. I have nothing bad to say about the actual movie itself. Nothing like a dyke with an attitude, eh? We make a pretty good lesbian picture too:Revoir Julie. Outstanding performances by Peter Outerbridge, Anne-Marie MacDonald and Wendy Crewson.