Thursday, April 24, 2014
Puccini for Beginners by Maria Maggenti, 2006 (R)
with Elizabeth Reaser (Liberal Arts, Young Adult, Twilight), Gretchen Mol, Justin Kirk (Weeds), Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County, Masters of Sex, Keep the Lights On), Tina Benko, Jennifer Dundas, Kate Simses, Brian Letscher
Allegra is recovering from a breakup with her girlfriend when she starts to fall for a member of the opposite sex. Philip is the tidy professor who's romancing the ambivalent Allegra while she pursues a straight woman who's recently become single.
When a lesbian film turns out to be a very ordinary romantic comedy, with not particular problem about being gay, no existential question about whether it is right or wrong, funny, light, very much about relationships... I loved that movie for that, it was the revelation that it didn't need to fit a genre, and basically, this could become a mainstream movie. I guess the future will have more of these, but for the present time, we can still count them on the fingers of a hand.