So I’m looking at my notes…I need to keep them in order because I’ve missed a ton of work but I’ve been looking forward to 2011 for so long that I will get back to those other ones some other time.
2011, to me, is the year it all changed. We went from the same storyline in most films to some incredibly imaginative and creative stories about a larger demographic of women.
If I try to put it all in one post it’ll be a few miles long, especially with as much as I have to say about this first title, so I’ll break it up into two.
1-KYSS MIG (2011) ALEXANDRA THERESE-KEINING STARRING RUTH VEGA FERNANDEZ, LIV MJONES
This film is what I have recently dubbed “the goodbye to the married woman story.”
It is a film with a familiar plot line, a woman who is engaged to a man meets a woman and falls in love with her. Then you find out she knew she was gay but tried to live the life she was supposed to live as told by societal standards.
On the outside this film can seem quite trite but I have to tell you this movie is the perfect goodbye to this plot line.
No one has done it better with more beauty and nuance than this amazing team.
Alexandra took her time with the story, with the characters, gave us beautiful shots, an incredible and quiet look into the psyche of the two women. I cannot say enough good things about this film.
Admittedly this is my current go-to film when I want to feel good, which, in my world is a few viewings a week. After I finish a day of work I sit down for some doctor prescribed relaxation and this film where I always find myself relishing in its beauty.
I’d be interested to hear your opinion but I think many of us focus on Frida (Liv Mjones) who pushes through the story with such honesty and grace.
What an amazing character. She says what needs to be said when it needs to be said without offering explanation.
So often we disguise what we really want to say under wit, sarcasm and it detracts from saying what we really mean.
Frida is a character who shows how powerful breaking this mold can be. She let the morning after Mia kisses her pass without asking and that was it, for the rest of the movie when Mia was trying to complicate conversation Frida simplified it for her by saying exactly what needed to be said to the point of leaving when she needed to leave.
One of my favorite scenes is just after they share their kiss and Frida is just sitting in a chair outside looking at the sunrise and from the look on her face you know her entire world is changed.
What an incredible talent, Liv Mjones.
I can go on and on about the intricacies of this film but I will end this portion of the post saying that if you haven’t seen the film, and I don’t know why you wouldn’t have, you must watch it as soon as you have a few hours to invest in such a beautiful story and a beautiful goodbye for the closeted engaged woman falling for another woman just before her wedding story line.
As you know I have a huge addiction to escapism. It’s why I write. It’s why I make movies. It’s why I read. And it’s why I watch so much content. This film has truly made me a better person, a better writer, a better judge of what’s important. Absolutely one you need to really look at. In the characters, the writing, the acting.
Amazing, amazing film.
2-CLOUDBURST DIR. THOM FITZGERALD STARRING OLYMPIA DUKAKIS, BRENDA FRICKER
There are not enough movies in the world about this generation of women. I was so excited for this film.
This is a road trip movie about two women who decide to travel to Canada to get married.
You feel it from the first moment. You go down this fun, hilarious journey with these loveable characters but you know one of them is at the end of her days and wait, watch, smile, and hope it’s not going to happen.
While watching this film I had a heavy heart. I didn’t want to be so happy but I couldn’t help it. There was a cloud over it all because you just know.
Olympia Dukakis is amazing, as always. Stella’s quick witted, hard headed, loud personality is so fun to watch against Dot’s (Brenda Fricker) sweet soft spoken one.
And one of my favorite scenes, which is toward the beginning of the film, where they are joking about sex.
I hope to be half as happy and cool as these characters are when I get older and I hope there are more films written about this time in life in the future.
I’m 95% sure every single one of you have seen both of these films. I hope the write up made you think more about the projects but because I know you’ve seen these films I will end this post with a short.
3-SHOPPING DIR. WILL KUETHER
In the theme of today’s two posts, this is a heartbreaking and heart-mending short film about not being allowed to be who you are but also not being able to change it and that moment when you get the love you’ve always wanted.
I wrote this post then after viewing the short film for the first time in forever I realized something really funny. I recently met one of the actresses at Outfest.