Lesbian Themed Movie Guide with reviews

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I fully review movies with a strong lesbian theme and large roles or plot lines for lesbian characters and/or relationships in cinema. That includes bisexual women in same-sex relationships. I also review films often touted in other LGBTQI+ lists or press, that might not deserve to be there, and say why - there's nothing more disappointing than having to read between the lines ladies. And we shouldn't have to.

I also include some TV movies and 2-3 part Dramas, but will not cover TV series. Should you watch The L Word - Yes. Orange is the new black? Yes. Grey's anatomy, Buffy, Ellen, ER... Lesbian, bisexual and gay characters in TV are not only becoming commonplace, but also finding their way clear of stereotypes. TV series often have characters that come and go, so I can't review a portrayal within a series, without commenting on the series.

I know, TLDR. Whatevs. Just read the reviews. I watched all of these, both brilliant and awful so you don't have to waste precious hours on bad scripts, editing, acting and cliched drivel.

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Romance Key:
HEA - Happy Ever After
HFN - Happy For Now
HFAB - Happy For A Bit (implication regarding ending)
NRH - Never Really Happy

p.s I have also listed movies that are on my radar/in my queue - and those which I cannot get hold of. If you have suggestion for movies for me to review, or know where I can get hold of movies listed as needing to be sourced, let me know!
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1.
Fingersmith (2005 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Susan "Sue" Trinder is a fingersmith (British slang for thief) who lives in the slums of London with... (181 mins.)
Director: Aisling Walsh
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance
Genre: Drama/Mystery
HEA

Nutshell (without spoiler): Two women are convinced to connive against one another, yet manage to fall in love along the way.

BBC Historical drama based on the book, and simply the best adaptation of a Sarah Waters work to date (her favourite adaptation, she said so - fact). This story is dynamic and full. It will keep you guessing, and bring out the romantic in you. It will have you shouting at the screen "No!"

There are a whole cast of well-written and well cast characters too, and the story is so perfectly crafted, you will be involved with the full plot.

10/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
2.
High Art (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other. (101 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance
Genre: Drama/Tragedy
HFAB

Nutshell: Practically married woman meets once famous lesbian druggie photographer, they fall in love, but tragedy awaits.

Seriously good film, despite the incredibly moving ending. Some fantastic acting, notably the supporting role of Greta. Beautifully made, and as artistically shot as the title describes. This art is certainly high. Plus, Ally Sheedy finally playing the role all the lesbians hoped she would, and Rada Mitchell doing it again.

It's not often I enjoy a good heartbreaking movie, there's enough of it in the world, but this reality is depicted so well, I've watched it a few times.

10/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
3.
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Plot Drive: Young Lesbian Romance
Genre: Drama/Thriller
HFAB

Nutshell: Two wacky young women with vivid inner worlds get too close for their families comfort and resort to murder.

Stunning thriller with tragic ending. Beautifully shot, and acted, and reminiscent of Sister, My Sister (incest aside). Teenage, and more about obsession and death than romance.

10/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
4.
Bound (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar. (108 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance.
Genre: Drama/Action
HEA

Nutshell: Ex-con has lesbian affair with next door neighbour who wants out of her relationship with Mafia man. They plot to steal mafia money, it goes a bit wrong for a long while, then all is well.

Another movie written originally as a straight story, except this one is really good. Great dialogue and characterisation, well shot, fantastic performances ("Laughing at me, laughing at me, *beep* laughing at me!") and stylish despite being mostly set in two rooms.

Tense and erotic thriller, and the ladies do more than just kiss.

9/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
5.
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian. (85 mins.)
Director: Jamie Babbit
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance
Genre: Comedy
HEA

Nutshell: Girl is sent to ex-gay camp after intervention. At camp, instead of becoming straight, she falls in love with another girl and they hitch the underground gay railroad out of there.

Fantastic comedy in parody style. Great set of characters, great ending, and sadly based on the real-life existence of correction camps in the US.

Great music too.

9/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
6.
Chloe (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A doctor hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the marriage in danger. (96 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
“ Plot Drive: Accidental Lesbian Affair/Obsession
Genre: Thriller
NRH

Nutshell (to clarify the above): Lesbian seduces married woman by manipulation of her jealousy, conjured via a breaking marriage. Does not end well.

This is great psychological thriller really, though you don't quite grasp that til halfway through. Not a happy ending for the lesbian relationship though. Great cast, and performances, and very unique storyline.

9/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
7.
Producing Adults (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Longtime couple Venla and Antero come to a serious impasse. After years with Antero, Venla wants to start a family... (102 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian romance
Genre: Drama
HEA (?)

Well, this is a highly unusual storyline, but I really loved this movie. It somehow captures so many truths. Lots of well-depicted and well-rounded relationships in various states, and ultimately I very believable and stirring romance in my opinion.

Well shot, well acted, interesting script that tackles some great issues - all round, a very good movie.

Plus, the leads are very easy on the eye, which always helps. I think on occasion the translation could have been better, my only quibble.

9/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
8.
Tomboy (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A family moves into a new neighborhood, and a 10-year-old named Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael to the neighborhood children. (82 mins.)
Director: Céline Sciamma
“ Plot Drive: Exploration of Gender
Genre: Drama
HFAB/HFN

Nutshell: Family moves to new neighbourhood where their young daughter with short hair allows her friends to think she's a boy.

A fantastic snap shot of a week or so in the life of this young girl and her family. Simply astounding acting from a whole group of young actors, not least the younger sister.

The film does not state whether this young woman has gender dysphoria, or is exploring her sexuality, or is simply, as the title suggests, breaking out of the stereotype the only way she knows how. But it certainly does explore by proxy all of those things very well, in a film that is quiet, but will keep you on the edge. It's impossible not to get involved with the characters, you feel like a fly on their wall. Beautifully done.

9/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
9.
Better Than Chocolate (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together... (101 mins.)
Director: Anne Wheeler
“ Plot Drive: Gay gay gay (well, it is - LGB and T, romance all round)
Genre: Comedy
HEA

Nutshell: Young (closeted) lesbian woman allows and her mother and brother to move in with her. That makes dating new hot girl hard.

Fantastic portrayal of various gay scenes, from bookstores to clubs, including an array of great characters and lots of sexual explorations. But ultimately a lesbian romance. Very funny, if a bit silly. Bisexual and transgender characters too!

You be singing "I'm not... an effing drag queen!" for days.

9/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
10.
Bumblefuck, USA (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Distraught by her gay friend's death, a young Dutch woman travels to her dead friend's small American town to make a documentary about homosexuality in Bumblefuck USA. (91 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Romantic self discovery, coming out.
Genre: Drama/mockumentary
HFAB/HFN

Nutshell: Girl embarks on making a documentary spurred by her gay friends suicide. She has a revelation of her own.


I was incredibly impressed with this movie. The simplicity of the story telling allows the complexity of the underlying issues to be continually pervasive. Everything about this movie feels real, and natural, and allows the viewer a rare opportunity to feel like an actual participant, right there on the sidelines.

I wanted to be in the junk yard searching for shiny things. I felt like I was with these characters at every juncture. The script, and the performances were impeccable. In particular I was astonished to discover that this is/was Heidi M Sallows' first appearance on film.

The dialogue is so natural, I must be forgiven for guessing there may have been a lot of leeway for the actors. And if so, this was not only well-judged, but well-executed.

This film is touching, truthful, at times gritty, and incredibly romantic, in the most ordinary, and therefore accessible of ways. And the ending, though leaving you smiling, is not cliched. Another rarity.

Gentle in many ways, evenly paced, and beautifully shot it may be, but the thing that I enjoyed most about this film, is the manner in which it deals with major issues without judgement, or guidance. Not merely the obvious issues of homosexuality and suicide (the film is dedicated specifically in this vein), but also the broader senses of love and desire, and many levels of intimacy brought under scrutiny.

I found sympathy for every major character, despite my dislike of some of their actions. That is hard to achieve.

9/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
11.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. (147 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Plot Drive: Weird Lynch Film with lesbian romance (kinda)
Genre: Lynch Thriller
NRH

Nutshell: Girl goes to Hollywood to seek fame, has a lesbian dalliance on the way, and gets trapped in David Lynch's weird but wonderful and freaky world.

Naomi Watts does more than kiss a girl, but this movie is not about that, its typical frakked up, wonderful Lynch. Often erotic, and depressing. A great movie about obsession for the most part.

9/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
12.
Tipping the Velvet (2002 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Set in the 1890's, tells the lesbian love affair between male impersonator music hall star Kitty Butler and Nan Astley. (177 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance (and sex)
Genre: Drama
HFN/HEA

Nutshell: 1890s lesbian had multiple adventures and sexual escapades. Finds happiness in the end, despite torrid affair.

Not fully true to the book, but still a great BBC drama. I was put off by a horrendous vocal from the lead, but aside from that it's a great dip into history - something Sarah Waters is very good at bringing to life (so she should be).

Romantic, and thankfully not cliched. Good, and very gay.

9/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
13.
Monster (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. (109 mins.)
Director: Patty Jenkins
“ Plot Drive: Murderous Lesbian
Genre: Thriller/Biography
NRH

Nutshell: Woman with a girlfriend goes crazy in the face of bastards, turns murderous.

Oscar winning performances, seriously good cast, gripping story, well told. Not a nice story, but a good one.

In many ways it's very cruel of the movie makers to cast Charlize Theron as a lesbian, when frankly, she's so utterly unattractive in it. Sacrilege!

9/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
14.
Thelma & Louise (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An Arkansas waitress and a housewife shoot a rapist and take off in a '66 Thunderbird. (130 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ This always seems to appear in lesbian movie lists - I have no idea why, you can read subtext into virtually any female relationship if you want to - I truly don't believe the 'romance' here is one of the sort we'd like. I list it to say as much.

It *is* however a fantastic movie, so you should watch it anyway.

9/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
15.
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know. (130 mins.)
Director: Jon Avnet
“ Plot Drive: The olden days
Genre: Depressing Drama
NRH

Okay, now there's definitely a strong subtext to the relationship in this movie, which does, as a theme depict the unrequited love of a women for her female friend with whom she has a deep friendship. I list it here to honour that.

This is a classic movie, which will have you bawling your eyes out - and if it doesn't, you weren't concentrating.

It's a slow-mover by the way.

9/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
16.
Black Swan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
“ Plot drive: Obsession
Genre: Drama/Thriller
NRH

Nutshell: Ballet dancer goes a little coo-coo trying to be the best swan she can (or does she?).

So yes, there's definitely some weird/screwed up lesbianism portrayed in this movie, but you have to watch it to understand why I don't consider this really a lesbian movie.

It is however, a great movie. I really enjoyed it, very thrilling, and very unsettling.

9/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
17.
My Summer of Love (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tamsin. Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together. (86 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian seduction
Genre: Drama/Thriller
NRH

Nutshell: Young women falls in love with a charming, seemingly vulnerable woman of the course of the summer. But not all is as it seems.

This film pretty much launched Emily Blunts career. It's well made overall, great actors, characters, nice depictions and lovely shots, and of course twists.

[Loose spoiler alert] The twists are what make this movie so great, and yet are also what sadden me as someone reviewing lesbian content. In a world where we're depicted as normal people for most of the time, this would sit well - but in the world where lesbians and women are type cast in roles of manipulators and crazy people - this is just another one of those movies. Better made, subtler perhaps, but I'm not sure if that makes it better or worse.

Still, a very good movie indeed.

8/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
18.
Cracks (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A look at the lives and relationships among girls at an elite boarding school. (104 mins.)
Director: Jordan Scott
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Obsession
Genre: Drama/Thriller
NRH

Nutshell: Enigmatic teacher at all girls school falls for new student, fails to seduce her and vows to leave the school. Her students avenge her with dramatic consequences.

Set in the 1930s Ridley Scott's daughter's debut is beautifully shot. A classy take on an old student/teacher obsession cliche. Fantastic performances, tragic ending. Shame the 'lesbian' turns out to be a bit crazy... as so often they do.

8/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
19.
Gia (1998 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story of the life of Gia Carangi, a top fashion model from the late 1970s, from her meteoric rise to the forefront of the modeling industry, to her untimely death. (120 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian life story including Romance
Genre: Drama/Biography
HFAB

Nutshell: Angeline Jolie plays the tragic true story of Gia, the drug dependant lesbian model, arguably the first super model.

It's a true story, and it is tragic. There is no happy ending, but the portrayal is beautiful. The chemistry between Gia and her photographer girlfriend is electric. It will make you want to read more about them.

I like to watch this movie and end it before the sad gritty truth comes out, if you're feeling fragile, don't watch the last 15 minutes.

8/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
20.
Kiss Me (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young woman engaged to be married finds herself in an affair with her soon-to-be stepmother's lesbian daughter. (105 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Coming out/Lesbian Romance
Genre: Drama
HEA

Nutshell: Newly engaged woman rediscovers her draw to women when she meets her mother's new husband's daughter (confused? Yes, it's complicated!).

Aka Kyss Mig (subtitled). This is essentially a better version of Imagine me and you. The speed at which these women fall for each other seems at first a little suspicious, until we learn that one has always been gay, and the other has spent her life in denial.

More realistic than you might at first think. Very cute, and quiet movie, with some lovely moments.

8/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
21.
Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman. (97 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian exploration/Romance
Genre: Comedy
HFAB

Nutshell: Unable to find a man she wants the lead decides to try batting for the other team. Instead of finding a lesbian, she finds another 'straight' woman.

Clever dialogue, well shot, polished hollywood with a hint of the alternative. I enjoyed this mutual exploration between two straight women, who do eventually fall in love, though of course it's never that simple.

A lot of people disliked this movie, but sometimes you have to see past what you *want* to happen, and just enjoy what does. Plus, enjoy decent dialogue when it's handed to you, it's rare. And this is very, very clever.

8/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
22.
Saving Face (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations. (91 mins.)
Director: Alice Wu
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance
Genre: Light Comedy Drama
HEA

Nutshell: A chinese widow is trying to wed off her talented young doctor daughter, but her bosses ballet dancer daughter catches her eye instead.

My friends will laugh at me for saying this, but I'm going to say it anyway - I get excited by expensive shots. And this movie opens with one, a tame one, which was unnecessary and therefore excites me all the more, because it bodes well for production value.

And I'm not disappointed either. Lots of great short scene-setting montages, and clever cuts. However, I will say that I did find a few of the scenes between the principals as they were getting to know one another a little staged - but that's minimal criticism.

Joan Chen's performance as the mother is stand out, and this film deals with so much - race, culture, tradition, coming out, shame, age versus youth - I could go on. Many themes, well told.

It's a steady drama, a simple tale of family and love, and I really enjoyed it.

8/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
23.
Love and Other Catastrophes (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A day in the life of two film-school students trying to find love and another house-mate. (76 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Student life with some lesbian romance thrown in.
Genre: Comedy
HEA

Nutshell: Everything and nothing happens in this movie. A week (or so) in the life of a bunch of Australian students, finding, losing and rediscovering love again. The two leads are lesbian lovers.

I like this movie because no-one ever questions the characters sexualities. No-one comes out, no-one is defined, they just get on with life. Great cast, most of whom quickly became more famous.

A whole host of great characters and dialogue, dipping into the typical pretentious culture that comes with institutional learning. Humour in it for film buffs too. And thankfully a happy ending for all.

I have to be honest though, I have always had a real soft spot for Rada Mitchell, and this movie was my debut view at an LBGT film festival as youngster, so this may have affected my rating. Full disclosure and all that.

8/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
24.
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life. (106 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Bed Death
Genre: Drama
HEA

Nutshell: Modern family of two mothers and two children are rocked when they finally meet the father of their kids.

[spoiler alert, though if you didn't know this already I'd be surprised, it's in the trailer...]
Okay, so I saw quite a lot of vitriol from the gay community about this movie because one of the 'lesbians' (newsflash: being in a same-sex relationship does not mean you identify as lesbian) has an affair with a man. Omgs. This is a tale of real-life people, and actually, in the end they act like adults, get their feelings in order and the person who loses out is the guy...
[spoiler end]

I really liked this movie, it was honest, brutal, sad and tackled some big issues. The cast was great, the characters complete and likeable - the only thing that I'd agree with the (lesbian) critics on is that all the sex portrayed was opposite-sex, when the kernel of the story is a failing same-sex relationship. But then I think about that and think - well, isn't that the point?

Oh, and it's well shot, directed and edited, with appropriate music etc. Basically, it's good quality. You're only gripe is likely to be the plot. I say - get over it ;)

8/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
25.
What's Cooking? (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In LA's Fairfax district, where ethnic groups abound, four households celebrate Thanksgiving amidst family tensions... (109 mins.)
Director: Gurinder Chadha
“ Plot Drive: Kitchen sink story with a lesbian couple
Genre: Drama/Comedy
HFN

Very much an indie film. This is really 4 stories of four families whose lives are intertwined. One of the families has a lesbian couple home for thanksgiving.

The whole film is good, drawing on many tensions within community - race, gender, sexuality. It's a tale which aims to highlight the struggle between generations to face up to modern life.

If you ever had a crush on Nurse Hathaway (Er, Julianna Margulies) then watch this - very cute relationship.

8/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
26.
The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In nineteenth century Yorkshire wealthy orphan Anne Lister lives with an aunt and uncle, anxious for her to marry well and blissfully... (92 mins.)
Director: James Kent
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance
Genre: Historical Drama/Biography
HEA

Nutshell: Based on a true historical story of a woman who wrote an account of her affairs with women in code.

Really great drama, romantic, and picturesque. Great performances, and a touching historical tale. Sometimes it really is that simple.

8/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
27.
Claire of the Moon (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Female authors gather at a small northern coastal retreat to work on their writing skills. A first-time... (107 mins.)
Director: Nicole Conn
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian conversion
Genre: Lesbian Romance
HEA? Who knows.

Nutshell: At a writers retreat two women (one lesbian) have to share digs. They don't get along, then they do.

Okay, so this is a c-lassic, and if you've not seen it, I recommend you do. After you get over the first few sticky scenes (which are rife with 80s directorial cliches as well as being a little badly executed), the story starts to be revealed, and actually, it's a pretty good one.

After all, it's one of the first, right?

I was surprised by how easy this was to watch, despite the odd bit of corn. All characters were well-rounded, and interesting, and mostly developed well. The love interest is actually quite believable, and even though most of the sex scenes are straight, the best and longest is saved until the end. And (jeans aside... you'll get that joke when you watch it), it's a sensual, romantic and realistic one.

Spattered with discussions of love, sex, sexuality and psychology, it's easy to see why so many films that followed ended up being a bunch of women sat around talking about themselves and relationships.

But this movie held the mystery of self. It didn't puke up babble for the sake of it. And there are so many small, but lovely moments the actors create, little looks here and there. The performances (despite at times what might be described as slightly stilted script), were very, very good.

I rate this whilst pushing the fact that it's dated aside. Sometimes you gotta watch an old film and let it be of it's time.

8/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
28.
Anatomy of a Love Seen (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Two young actresses fall in love with each other while filming a lesbian love scene, then break up months later, and then are forced to reunite in order to re-shoot the love scene for the movie's distribution. (80 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance
Genre: Drama
HFAB/HEA(?)

Nutshell: Two women fall in love on set. Then some *beep* happens we don;t know about and they are forced to re-do a love scene together. I mean, I want to write that movie. Genius.

This movie is vastly underrated in my opinion. Set on a movie set, the synopsis was worrying, but fear ye not; this movie is very well executed, and cast.

It's finite in location, with some flashbacks for emphasis. 4 main characters that honestly I felt gave enough material for a series.

This movie isn't the greatest romance ever, but it's a very intrguiing and lovely take on what one might consider a trope in lesbian film making.

I hope to see more from Marina Rice Bader as both a writer and director. She knows how to get the goods.

Also, hot women, and kissing.

8/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
29.
Appropriate Behavior (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience. (86 mins.)
Director: Desiree Akhavan
 
30.
Concussion (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
After a blow to the head, Abby decides she can't do it anymore. Her life just can't be only about the house, the kids and the wife. She needs more: she needs to be Eleanor. (96 mins.)
Director: Stacie Passon
 
31.
So Hard to Forget (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Julia is a 35-year-old English Literature teacher struggling with depression as she tries to get her life back together again after her long... (100 mins.)
Director: Malu De Martino
“ Plot Drive: Getting over the last love of your life
Genre: Drama
HFN

Nutshell: Professor is depressed after a breakup, moves into new home with friends, and works her way out of her dysfunctional funk.

Interesting introspective analysis of moving on after love has left. Well acted, lots of good characters. The leading lady is quite mesmerising at times, and for once I hoped she'd succumb to her student (who I preferred to the actual love interest).

A quiet movie, for a sunday afternoon when you're feeling thoughtful.

7/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
32.
Gray Matters (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
They finish each other's sentences, dance like Fred and Ginger, and share the same downtown loft--the perfect couple? Not exactly. Gray and Sam, are a sister and brother so compatible and inseparable that people actually assume they are dating. Mortified, they both agree they must branch out and start searching for love. He'll look for a guy for her and she'll look for a gal for him. (96 mins.)
Director: Sue Kramer
“ Plot Drive: Coming out/self discovery.
Genre: Comedy
HEA

A surprisingly good movie, with a realistic, and fairly happy ending - not something lesbian characters often get.

Gray's brother has a shotgun wedding, and Gray finds she has fallen for his beautiful new wife, coincidentally someone she picked out for him. She has to very quickly come to terms with her sexuality as a result.

This film is witty, had some great traditional movie relationships (amusing best friend), and actually deals with the subject matter in a believable way.

Light-hearted lesbian coming out romcom with some really great dialogue, if you can catch it.

7/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
33.
Water Lilies (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Summer in a new suburb outside Paris. Nothing to do but look at the ceiling. Marie, Anne and Floriane are 15. Their paths cross in the corridors at the local swimming pool, where love and desire make a sudden, dramatic appearance. (85 mins.)
Director: Céline Sciamma
“ Plot Drive: Coming out/sexual awakening
Genre: Drama
HFAB

Nutshell: Three young women (15yrs) are embroiled in a messy triangle of attraction, with the syncronised swimming team as a backdrop.

French film, well shot, great directorial debut. Passions run high, a few virginity's are lost, but no conclusions are made. It's gritty, a little frakked up, and very real.

7/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
34.
Circumstance (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession. (107 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romace
Genre: Drama/Political
HFAB

Nutshell: Two young Iranian women discover their love, only to see their culture take it away.

Two best friends discover their love for one another in a place of both cultural and sexual oppression. An eye-opening film, well made with a nice political subplot, which explores Iranian treatment of women.

7/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
35.
The Page Turner (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The girl Mélanie Prouvost is the beloved daughter of the butchers Mrs. Prouvost and Mr. Prouvost. She... (85 mins.)
Director: Denis Dercourt
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance
Genre: Drama
NRH

A slow but well told and edgy story of obsession more than love, of a young woman and an older concert pianist. This creeps along, rather than exploding, and remains cryptic to the end.

French with subtitles.

7/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
36.
Late Bloomers (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
High School basketball coach, Dinah Groshardt, falls for the school secretary, Carly Lumpkin, and upsets the entire school in the process. (107 mins.)
Director: Julia Dyer
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance
Genre: Comedy/Drama
HEA

Okay, so this is an old movie, and it's aged, and it's characters are normal people not models, and the lingering opening shot for the titles might worry you... but stick with it, because this is actually a pretty cute movie.

To me this is like a precursor to But I'm a Cheerleader, in style. It's not as laugh-out-loud, but there are definite moments. The supporting characters are great, notably the two offspring, one moody teenaged sister played to a 't', and a younger wise-beyond-his-years brother. The story has a full arc, and I found it surprising, after I'd tuned into the dated filmic vocabulary.

It has some of the most random, but best montage use I've seen too. Always a good thing.

I mostly enjoyed this movie because it was about love, not lust; not typical hollywood beauty and sex, but something more real.

Cute. It was cute, and watchable. And it covered a lot of issues too. rather well. Plus, did I mention funny outfits?

7/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
37.
Girl Play (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Two real-life lesbian actresses meet by chance when they are cast as lovers in a local stage play, and end up actually falling in love. (80 mins.)
Director: Lee Friedlander
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian romance
Genre: Comedy/Drama
HEA

Nutshell: Two actors are cast in a play together and fall for each other.

This is not just based on a true story, it's entirely a true story. It is based on a play that the lead actors wrote about their experience of being cast in a play together and falling for each other. What is surprising (perhaps it shouldn't have been) is that the actors continued to play themselves, not just in the play, but in this adaptation for film.

This is not a strong adaptation for film - and by that I mean, it's more like a televised play, it doesn't suddenly become a film because you filmed it and stuck in a load of scenes that you could not otherwise have depicted in the play. I don't imagine the script went through any real radical transformation - and it really felt like I was watching the play for the most part.

However, and it's a very BIG however, the performances are so powerful and well-pitched, and the script so well-written that I managed to look past all the niggles I had, even the obvious ageing in production value.

What stands out is a simple story that's incredibly well told and portrayed though the simplest of methods, great theatrical voices.

In fact, I think I would have been just as drawn in if this had been an actual straight-up filming of the theatrical production. I felt like I'd had a chance to see a play I would never have seen.

This is on film, but I wouldn't really call it film. It's a cross-over production. When you have characters in a theatre talking to camera, with no other context, that's what you get.

But it's brilliant. It's poignant, and it will strike a chord with anyone who's ever been in a relationship.

7/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
38.
Nina's Heavenly Delights (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A feisty young woman returns to Glasgow to run her deceased father's curry house. (94 mins.)
Director: Pratibha Parmar
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance
Genre: Comedy
HEA

Nutshell: Young Asian lesbian returns to Glasgow and tries to save her families restaurant by winning curry of the year. She starts dating a girl, who helps.

It's a romcom, cute and kind of believable. Happy in the end, with some faces you might recognise (both actors went no to be cast as lesbian characters on TV - Lip Service and Heading Out).

7/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
39.
Daphne (2007 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Set during the years between the "Rebecca" trial and the writing of Du Maurier's short story "The Birds"... (90 mins.)
Director: Clare Beavan
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian (Venetian -- in joke) Romance
Genre: Biography
NRH

Story based on the letters that Daphne du Maurier wrote to the woman she fell in love with. Very interesting side to the novelists life, well told, with some touching performances from some great actresses. It's for TV so it's slow, and it's a biography so it is what it is. I enjoyed it very much, plus I enjoyed the dialogue which was steeped in the era (1950-60s).

7/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
40.
Puccini for Beginners (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A recently-singled New York writer finds herself in two surprising and complicated relationships. (82 mins.)
Director: Maria Maggenti
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance
Genre: Romcom
HEA

Nutshell: Girl who cannot commit is dumped, and ends up dating both a man and a woman who happen to be one another's ex's.

The above is no spoiler, that reveal is the first scene, and the weird outfit is explained, so stick with it.

I enjoyed this movie. It's clearly filled with ridiculous coincidences, but it uses them well, and explores the modern day relationship conundrums.

Don't be put off by the lead character sleeping with a guy - she's confused by it, and plenty of characters discuss it - she's not suddenly straight - but I do wish at some point this movie had stepped up and really embraced the bisexual element/discussed it a bit more. Either that or simply not defined women who are obviously bisexual as lesbian in the first place.

But that's a mere political point. It was funny, and occasionally clever, and filed with famous faces from mainstream TV (Grey's Anatomy, Weeds, Ally McBeal etc).

It wasn't particularly beautiful, or noticeably groundbreaking - but it was well-made, and there are lots of lovely human observations made.

7/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
41.
Albert Nobbs (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th-century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most elegant hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living. (113 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo García
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Tragedy
Genre: Historical Drama
NRH

It goes without saying this is well produced, acted and scripted, it was - relatively to most indie gay films - big budget ($7mil). Both Glenn Close and Janet McTeer were oscar nominated, deservedly so I think.

It's based on a novella, that became a play and transfers well to film. But if you're looking for romance, steer clear. This is a sad movie, and the focus is the sad tale of a woman pretending to be a man, in a world that would frown upon it.

It's never clear whether Albert is merely a lesbian in drag, or if she might have been gender dysphoric, but she meets another like her, and her naive life seems set to change.

Then it all ends.

Some very amusing moments, and the historic setting is beautifully done. But I wanted more from the story - it was sad to begin with, had a blip and then got sadder. I liked the lack of cliche in the ending, but it was bit too tragic and real for me - the day I watched it at least.

7/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
42.
D.E.B.S. (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Plaid-skirted schoolgirls are groomed by a secret government agency to become the newest members of the elite national-defense group, D.E.B.S. (91 mins.)
Director: Angela Robinson
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance of Teenage Secret Agents
Genre: Comedy
HEA

Nutshell: Group of agents (think Charlie's teenage angels) have to catch a thief. Whilst doing so one of the falls in love with her.

Silly romcom, but good. Quite kitsch. Happy ending.

7/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
43.
The Truth About Jane (2000 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A high-school girl's first sexual experience is with another girl, and, along with her first broken heart, she must deal with her mother's reaction to her revelation that she is a lesbian and with ostracism at school. (87 mins.)
Director: Lee Rose
“ Plot Drive: Coming out
Genre: Drama
HEA

I didn't know this was a TV Movie when I rented it, but it was clear as soon as it began. This however did not detract from my enjoyment, it just makes for less stars due to quality of production.

Stockard Channing plays the mom of a young teen coming to terms with her sexuality - and I think this story is really well told. I personally had an easy coming out, so for me, this was an education, and a believable one at that.

A tale of how difficult it can be to be young and gay, how parents and friends struggle, and how even if you are lucky enough to find someone to love, it can be fleeting because, hey, you're young!

Lots of school related stuff, depicted well. Plus, there's Ru Paul.

A made for TV movie it may be, but it was good story telling.

7/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
44.
Frida (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. (123 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
“ Plot Drive: Biography
Genre: Biography

Great movie chartering the traumatic life of this famous bisexual artist. Yes it gets a bit sapphic, but it's not the drive of the movie.

Excellent production value.

7/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
45.
A Marine Story (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Marine officer Alexandra is tough enough to kick any guy's ass in a bar fight, but there's one opponent she can't beat: military policy... (98 mins.)
Director: Ned Farr
“ Plot Drive: Don't Ask Don't Tell
Genre: Drama
HEA

Nutshell: Ex-Army Captain finds new role in life through the straightening out of troubled teen.

This film has the kind of storyline that wouldn't be out of place in a cheesy made-for-TV film. But there's a huge difference - the cinematography is just beautiful, the direction incredible good, and the actors are very talented.

Not that TV films can't have those things, but you know what I mean when I say something smacks of 'made for american TV' - if you don't, you need to watch more cable channels to get this reference, namely, Living on a sunday.

Anyway - the story is a bit cliche, but the issues are dealt with well, and the performances are really good. I felt that the TV scripting came in toward the end of the movie, when things start to be 'tied up' looking for a feel-good ending, and that it might have found a better way to wrap things up, something more interesting, despite it being based on 'real stories' - what does that even mean nowadays? Either it's a true story, or you made it up. Most fiction is based on 'real stories' or 'events that happened'. Yes, my eyes are rolling.

I liked it anyway, it's not ground breaking in terms of plot, or story telling, but it's a nice reminder now that Don't Ask Don't Tell has been repealed, of what so many went through - and how so many have been forced out of their livelihoods and pensions.

The landscapes are incredible too.

7/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
46.
Hannah Free (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A film about a lifelong love affair between an independent spirit and the woman she calls home. (86 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance/Tragedy
Genre: Comedy/Tragedy
HFAB

Nutshell: Story finds two lovers in a nursing home, separated by the family of one, whilst the other, in a coma, slowly slips away.

Sharon Gless, best known as one half of Cagney and Lacey, produces an amazing performance in this. It's a shame the poster is so airbrushed - her character looks nothing like it, I hate it when they do that.

Anyway, this is a film adaptation of a stage play, and it's a decent adaptation, it works very well. There's no real surprises in it, you see the situation, you know pretty much where it's all going.

There are lots of flashback scenes, to very early childhood and to midlife portrayals of the characters. I'm not a fan of flashback unless done very well - these were mediocre at best.

It didn't help that I didn't like the casting of the adult version of Gless's character though - incredibly goofy, but not adding to the tale as a result made me break out of belief too many times. But the modern day scenes of Gless in her hospital bed, were brilliant. I wish it had stayed there in all honesty.

The other notably good performance was from Grace (Jacqui Jackson, who on a totally unrelated point, interestingly came out as trans in 2012 and is now Jax Jackson living as a transgender man).

The tale is sweet, and the end is sad. I cried a few times during it, but I've spent a lot of time at the bedside of people with tubes in them as they wait, and ask for death. Hence the /tragedy.

Worth watching for Gless's performance alone.

6/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
47.
Elena Undone (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Fate brings two diversely different women together, and sets them on a collision course that will shatter their preconceived notions about love, life and the power of one's soul. (111 mins.)
Director: Nicole Conn
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance
Genre: Drama
HEA

Nutshell: Woman married to anti-gay preacher falls in love with another woman.

Yes, yet another Nicole Conn movie. It started out by going on about one true loves, and two becoming one, and twin flames entangling or some such pap, and honestly, I wondered if it was all going to be too saccharin for me - possibly a lot of cliched drivel that I tend to prefer to bypass. But I stuck with it.

There are cuts from the main movie to flash backs, mockumentary scenes and a narrator who speaks to camera pontificating about love, all of which I found very jarring - too many different styles, neither gelling, not contrasting enough. Then this narrator joins in with the original movie, and is some sort of supposed 'love guru'. Yikes. I got the feeling his pop-psychology wasn't supposed to evoke eye-rolling.

This movie would have been far better if all the above interspersed scenes had been left out - they made a cliche of the story, and added to it's already stuttered nature.

It's shot well generally, but put together badly [fade to black]. The actors in the 'main' movie are really very good [fade to black]. The best friend (Mary Wells) is both a stand-out character and actor (despite such a mixed, but nonetheless natural accent combining english with scottish and american lilts if I'm not mistaken), and they were the best scenes by far [fade to black, and cut too quickly to next scene with no establishing shots].

I'm writing this particular paragraph during the 'love' scene (which shows you how interested I am in it). It's yet again another slow, caressing, idealist take on how sensuous sex between women is supposed to be. Frankly, I'm tired of it. Is this how lesbians produce sex scenes? No wonder hollywood isn't interested in portraying them - even I'm bored. How many 'straight' movies do you see spending so much screen time dedicated to slow-mo naked stroking and caressing? Where's the *actual* sex?

As a lesbian, I can honestly say, I find this portrayal as unrealistic and unsatisfying as the movies accused of porning-up lesbian sex scenes. Long, laborious, and unlike most encounters. The L Word got the balance right, every time. Yet most movies fall foul, probably of over-trying.

There are also some strange music choices - not very in-keeping, or consistent with the movie. But then there's no real 'style' to this movie. It feels like an 80s TV movie.

I have to say, the kernel of this story is very good - but it falls down so often. The group revelation scene made me cringe, I wish it had been more private, friends know when they should leave, why did they wait so long to leave?!

Also. Eyebrows. And did the husband crawl off and die in the end then? Who knows? His story is not important.

6/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
48.
Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Have you ever fallen in love with your best friend? Jamie is moving in 2 weeks from Chicago to New York hoping to become a Broadway actress... (95 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance(s)
Genre: Drama/Musical
HFAB

Nowhere did this say it was part musical - and I'll be honest, the songs added nothing to the film for me, in fact it made me a little uncertain how good it would be.

But actually, the musical numbers aside, there were some really lovely scenes, the acting had great realism, and dialogue was believable. The film lacks a thread, a voice if you will, in that we are not guided in the slightest to root for any particular coupling - for me I found that both refreshing and frustrating, because left to my own devices I did not want Jamie and Jessie to ever get together.

You'll have to see.

"I felt better for like forty-eight minutes afterward" has to be my favourite line.

6/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
49.
Lost and Delirious (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A newcomer to a posh girls boarding school discovers that her two senior roommates are lovers. (103 mins.)
Director: Léa Pool
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Break up
Genre: Drama/Thriller
HFAB

Nutshell: Gay girls in boarding school, one goes straight, the other crazy.

A lesbian version of Dead Poets Society. Great young cast of well known individuals. A shame it had a tragic ending, and that the cool hot chick goes twisted and crazy. But there is a super bird of prey in it.

6/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
50.
Bitch Slap (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Three bad girls travel to a remote desert hideaway to steal $200 million in diamonds from a ruthless underworld kingpin. (109 mins.)
Director: Rick Jacobson
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Crims
Genre: Action
HEA?

Nutshell: Very silly lesbian criminal gang movie.

Amusing, little concentration required, comedy.

6/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
51.
The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An adventurous love story between two young women of different social and economic backgrounds who find themselves going through all the typical struggles of a new romance. (94 mins.)
Director: Maria Maggenti
“ Plot Drive: Coming out/of age
Genre: Drama
HEA

Nutshell: Young lesbian tomboy Randy falls for and starts dating schoolfriend who's parents catch them after their first night together, but think initially she is a boy. They run away to a motel, but the adults catch up.

This is a little aged now, but still kind of cute. It launched a couple of careers, most memorable Tina from The L Word (in this she plays the tom boy!).

6/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
52.
All Over Me (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Claude and Ellen are best friends who live in a not-so-nice area of New York. They're involved in the subculture of 90s youth... (86 mins.)
Director: Alex Sichel
“ Plot Drive: Girl is in love with her best friend (despite the offering of a young Leisha Hailey... duh.)
Genre: Drama (Gritty)
NRH

Nutshell: Complicated young female relationships on a backdrop of the 90s riot grrl music scene.

This film is dark, it deals with death, and drugs and deep stuff like that. The lead lesbian finds it hard to get it on with the hot girl due to her frakked up relationship with her best friend which doesn't end well. I'd call this whole movie broody with a hint of danger. It could do with more pace, but that's the sign of an indie film, right? Reality.

6/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
53.
Desert Hearts (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
It is 1950s Nevada, and Professor Vivian Bell arrives to get a divorce. She's unsatisfied with her marriage... (96 mins.)
Director: Donna Deitch
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Seduction and Romance
Genre: Drama
HFN

A true classic, one of the very first. A bit slow by today's standards, but as an original well worth a sunday afternoon watch.

To be honest, I forget most of what happens in this (a year after watching it) - which doesn't say much. But maybe nothing much happens. I do remember the cool car.

6/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
54.
After Sex (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Vignettes about eight different couples at varying points in their relationships, each having conversations immediately after having sex. (77 mins.)
Director: Eric Amadio
“ Plot Drive and Nutshell: Series of conversations various couples have after sex. Includes gay and lesbian couples. Well, one lesbian coupling.

Genre: Short Dramas (inc. a lesbian short).

This is included for the short starring Mila Kunis, which is actually quite good. But the most of the others stories are also quite good, with a couple of notable exceptions.

6/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
55.
Eloïse's Lover (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A young woman is hospitalized and in a coma after a serious accident. Through flashbacks we learn of her feelings for another woman. (92 mins.)
Director: Jesús Garay
“ aka: Eloïse's Lover

Plot Drive: Coming Out
Genre: Romance
NRH

Nutshell: Flashback of life of girl in coma.

This was rather well told, the characters are well-drawn, even if the young artist lacks actual talent. But's it's believable, and at times moving. For once, however I hoped that it would end in a traditional cliche, rather than the forced cliche avoidance that will soon be the cliche.

A quiet, but interesting movie.

6/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
56.
It's in the Water (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Residents of the fictional town of Azalea Springs, Texas go into a panic after a gay local says the town's water supply is what made him gay. (100 mins.)
Director: Kelli Herd
“ Plot Drive: Coming out
Genre: Drama
HEA

Despite the fact this movie is prematurely aged (I can't honestly believe it was made in 1997 -- the quality is really that of a 90s TV movie, ie 80s direction), it has quite a nice romantic plot arc.

It's a shame that in TV movie style it went for a rounded, comedic plot line though. I actually would have liked to see the main relationship better developed, rather than some of the edits that were made. If it had more pace we might have had more meat. Instead we're left to imagine most of the romantic the build-up.

Still, the brief scenes where the main characters connect are really good, fly on the wall kind of scenes.

One thing I disliked is that as the movie progresses our heroine begins to dress less and less feminine. And after she kisses a girl, she's wearing a tie. Seriously. It would have been more interesting and powerful if it hadn't pandered to that simple and stupid stereotype.

For a low-budget TV movie this is quite entertaining though, and a really cute bedroom scene.

6/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
57.
The World Unseen (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A drama centered on two women who engage in a dangerous relationship during South Africa's apartheid era. (93 mins.)
Director: Shamim Sarif
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian seduction
Genre: Drama
NFAB

Nutshell: Olden times (okay, I honestly found it hard to date, but around 50s?) in an indian inhabited area of South Africa, a lesbian seduces a housewife (rather easily) apparently just by proving she can be a woman in man's world (own a bar/restaurant) and drive a car (essentially).

I didn't really understand why the wife falls so quickly and easily, except to say she must be impressionable, which is not a great reason - she comes off as more than a bit pathetic.

The performances are good, but once again the script is lacking. There's a lot of nice comment on the times and the difficulties between races - most notably the mini-story of the black guy who romances a white lady who is seriously cool... and it's well shot etc. But it was a bit stayed, and boring. I didn't really care if they got together or not.

Perhaps it takes a lot for me to invest in characters, or perhaps I'm just watching a lot of bad scripts at the moment.

6/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
58.
Head in the Clouds (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS is a sweeping romantic drama set in 1930's England, Paris, and Spain. Gilda Bessé... (132 mins.)
Director: John Duigan
“ Plot Drive: Twisted Romance
Genre: Drama
NRH

This film often appears in Lesbian movie lists. I don't really think it deserves such placement in that, technically, yes, Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz portray lesbians lovers, but only by way of a one line confirmation of that fact. In the movie they hide it, not only from the other characters, but from us. The main romance is with the lead male character, the two women are bisexual, and aside from a dance, and a very weird goodbye kiss, you'd be forgiven for thinking "What the hell?" when their relationship is revealed. Because frankly, there was very little chemistry, or much between the lines to read. In a way it was matter of fact, which would be brilliant if it had actually been portrayed on screen, rather than simply referred to later in the movie.

This is a non-portrayal, in a sense.

As for the movie, well, Theron is as usual, fantastic, the actors are great, it's well made, and fairly enjoyable in a sunday afternoon way, if you don't expect it to be gay.

It's also depressing, and tragic given the back drop of civil war and general impending world war doom. And lengthy. I stopped to write this three times.

6/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
59.
Blue Gate Crossing (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An is-she-or-isn't-she gay comedy focused on a Taiwanese teen, the boy she might like, and the girl she may love. (85 mins.)
Director: Chih-yen Yee
“ Plot Drive: Coming out
Genre: Drama
HFN

Story of two school friends, one of whom has a stalker-like crush on a boy, and the other who has a crush on her. A beautifully told story, quiet rather than slow, depicting the fun kids have in a rather strict society.

The coming out is not (sadly, or rather refreshingly?) finalised with consummation of any relationship. This is rather a story about friendship, and how love is not a choice, and can complicate everything.

I rather enjoyed it, despite the fact for the first hour I wasn't even sure if there was any LGBTQ theme to it! I clarify this point by adding that I'm watching these films specifically with an eye for LGBTQ theme/characters - rather than my not being about to enjoy 'straight' movies...

6/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
60.
To Faro (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Melanie meets Jenny and falls in love. But Jenny thinks she's met Miguel. (90 mins.)
Director: Nana Neul
“ Plot Drive: Gender Bending coming out
Genre: Drama
NRH

Aka 'My Friend From Faro'

Nutshell: Butch girl who can pass as a boy (no mention of gender dysphoria) does when given opportunity and ends up creating a character and getting a girlfriend, kinda.

Well made, but a little slow I found. There were many interesting supporting characters, and both the plot and the journey plot were believable, but the ending was inevitable (if not as brutal as Boy Don't Cry).

I liked it, but it needed a little more pace for me, despite great performances.

6/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
61.
Bare (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A young girl in Nevada becomes romantically involved with a female drifter who introduces her to a life of stripping, drugs, and metaphysical experiences that teach her what happens when real life catches up with dark fantasy. (90 mins.)
Director: Natalia Leite
“ Plot Drive: Boredom?
Genre: Drama
Gotta go with NRH

Nutshell: Girl in a small town meets a lazy, crazy drug dealer - they sort of get it on.

This is well shot, with a gently-paced indie feel. I think the actors did well with the script, which was thin, yet detailed.

I think Paz de la Huerta was totally mis-cast. She's not charming, or quirky, she's basically barely ever sober. And for the most part, in need of a bath. I found it very hard to believe Diana Agron's character would be so easily bewitched by her, or her lifestyle. At no point did it seem cool, nor did the characters seem to think it was. There was a complete lack of real wonder between them, and in this so-called 'fantasy' world Sarah found herself in. It was rather pedestrian, considering the lead character basically becomes a druggie stripper on a whim.

It's a shame, because Diana Agron played her role very well. And Paz de la Huerta plays a dirty looking addict well, there was just no point at which she could be seen as a sexy. In fact, at points I found her rather repulsive.

There's not much else to say.

5/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
62.
Imagine Me & You (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A newlywed bride becomes infatuated with another woman, who questions her sexual orientation, promoting a stir among the bride's family and friends. (90 mins.)
Director: Ol Parker
“ Plot Drive: Coming out/Lesbian Romance
Genre: Comedy
HEA

Nutshell: Newly married woman falls in love with lesbian wedding flower arranger, has worrying moment of denial, but turns out gay in the end. The End. Yes, they kiss.

From afterellen.com:
“In the Q & A after the screening, he (the writer/director Ol Parker) told us that he had originally written it to be about a man and a woman, but found that people found parts of the story development too predictable, thus he discovered that he was actually writing a gay film.”

The above says it all really. This would have been rubbished by all as a straight movie. Making it lesbian was the only way he'd get funding. It was still predictable however. Making it gay didn't make it any less predictable to anyone but the straight audience - who probably won't see it.

A wonderful cast and a decent budget were wasted on a terrible storyline. There were some moments that were ok, but the only good lines came from the kid, who was in it for approximately three minutes screen time (“do penguins have knees?”).

Such a shame, yet we will clamour to it because it's two beautiful women, even if the story was cliched pap. And it is.

I wish Kazuo Ishiguro had been writing Remains of the Day and realised he'd been writing a gay love story. Swap Anthony Hopkins for Susan Sarandon and I'd be clapping. But that's an awesome story, this, is not.

As you can see I was utterly disappointed in this movie. It's probably not as bad as I make out here. However I stand by all the above. I really wish someone had given me all these great actors...

5/10 (in my heart I give it 2/10 as punishment) ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
63.
A Perfect Ending (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Rebecca has a very unusual secret, one that not even her best friends know about. The last person on... (110 mins.)
Director: Nicole Conn
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian seduction/coming out in later life
Genre: Drama/Comedy
HFAB

Nutshell: Dissatisfied married woman is encouraged to try a female lover. She does. She likes it, eventually. But there's a twist.

This is a well-made movie. At first I worried I'd be weirded out by the age difference in the women, but I just about coped. It's a nearly 30 year gap.

Some fantastic and fascinating supporting characters. Occasionally there was a moment when I wondered if it was going to be stilted, but it hung in there. The call girl's performance - the sultry seduction - was a bit much for me. Constant brooding, dark and serious - and it took a long time for her to feel like a real character, which given her back story was odd.

There were a lot of off-set scenes depicting various incidents/designed to show the state of characters minds that seemed a bit self-indulgent, but I saw past them.

There's a twist too in that there's a secret they keep almost telling you but don't quite give you full details. I think this was designed to make sure the ending hit you in the gut. But honestly, I think if I'd known the truth from the beginning, I would have felt less duped, and been even more involved.

I wasn't that interested in the younger girl's tale. It was all a bit to obviously tragic - and I found it hard to empathise with her because she was so 2d for so very long.

I also saw the cliche at the very end coming, and it genuinely made me sad that the filmmakers had left this open ended - refusing to state either way - it felt a little cowardly.

The lead actress is marvellous though, her daughter is very good for what little time she gets on screen. I didn't rate the performance of the lover, who never rounded off for me. That's why this rating is lower than it might otherwise have been. That's and the total mis-casting of 'Dawn' as the 'hot lesbian date' - I think we were supposed to find her sexy, but I found her laughable, and borderline lecherous.

When will filmmakers stop portraying what they *think* is sexy - it rarely is.

5/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
64.
Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
High School grad and all American gal, Anna finds her purpose and herself after she hooks up with the radical feminists in The Itty Bitty Titty Committee. (87 mins.)
Director: Jamie Babbit
“ Plot Drive: Radical Feminist Movement with Lesbians (obviously)
Genre: Drama
HEA

Jamie Babbit makes quality films, and this is no exception, but the script is very lacking. So much so I started writing this 40mins in. I felt like I was watching an 80s indie film by the dialogue (tired and cliched conversations) and the 2d characterisation.

I didn't care about any of the characters. I was remotely amused by the Daria style lawyer character, however.

Another lot of talent wasted. Pace would have helped, montages don't equal real pace. Clea Duval plays guitar and sings badly for 15 seconds in a scene created for a 'cool' cameo - If the movie had been great I would have whooped for the nice touch, but because it wasn't, I groaned audibly.

Bottom line, this film is just not as good or cool as it wants to be (we expect so much more from the person who created But I'm a Cheerleader). These kinds of films belong to the riot girl movement from which all the music has been borrowed. In the early 90s. Even good music doesn't help.

The finale is almost worth waiting for, the political act. Not the awful cliched relationship.

5/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
65.
Rosebud (1996 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(14 mins.)
Director: Cheryl Farthing
“ Mildly Erotic Lesbian Short, quite entertaining in a quiet way.

5/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
66.
Affinity (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A grieving upper class woman becomes a "Lady Visitor" at Millbank prison, hoping to escape her troubles... (120 mins.)
Director: Tim Fywell
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance
Genre: Historical Mystery Thriller
NRH

Nutshell: Lady visits 'spiritual' prisoner, falls in love, prisoner escapes, with more than love.

Not my favourite of Sarah Waters' novels, not as clever a storyline, or compelling, certainly cinematically, but still a good tale.

5/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
67.
Butterfly Kiss (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Eunice is walking along the highways of northern England from one filling station to another. She is searching for Judith... (88 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Weird Lesbian Romance
Genre: Thriller
NRH

Nutshell: Crazy murderess dressed in chains with odd northern accent searching for 'Judith' seduces petrol station worker who helps her cover up the evidence.

Full of well-known british talent inc. Amanda Plummer and Saskia Reeves, who spends most of her time running around shouting "Euuuuuu..." and getting her hands dirty.

Did I mention this is weird and really frakked up? But really well acted.

5/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
68.
You Will Be Mine (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Marie leaves home to study the piano at the conservatory in Lyons. Through lack of money, she is obliged to share an apartment with Emma... (96 mins.)
Director: Sophie Laloy
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Obsession
Genre: Creepy?
NRH

Nutshell: Crazy french girl obsesses over flatmate to a classical piano soundtrack

I've rarely rooted for the girl to end up with the boy, but this was an exception. At many times, this creepy film is painful to watch, by design however, not through bad execution. It is very well executed, and very odd. At one point I thought it was near ending, only to get creepier.

The lead is quite a hottie though, and the characters are interesting.

5/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
69.
Camp Belvidere (2014 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Camp Belvidere is the story of camp leader Rose and how her friendship with Gin, the camp nurse, evolves into a passionate love affair. (38 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance
Genre: Drama
HEA?

Nutshell: Girl in a girl's camp falls for a tutor/nurse/no idea what her role is really.

If I hadn't seen it in the blurb, I'd not know this was the 50s. Note to filmmakers: if you're going to be bold enough to write and shoot a film set in any previous decade, you need to be sure you can adequately recreate it believably. Sadly the detail here is lacking.

For me the decade was relegated to the level of plot device; the constraint required to give this story friction.

This is a 'short' movie, and as such I wonder if that notion has affected production. Which is a shame.

It's well shot, well presented - but I felt it needed seriously padding out. We jump right into a scene, with no real establishing shots or story telling. In fact every opportunity for establishing anything at all - the era, the location, the situation - is missed in this first scene, and subsequent scenes. Cutaways are needed.

There could have been choices made to intersect this opening scene (which frankly I wondered if I'd stumbled into the middle of the story...) with shots of the characters lives, as they describe them: The camp, their dreams, their imaginings - and even their past encounters. It would have really elevated it. A few furtive looks across fences...

Dare I say it, even a montage or two wouldn't have been a bad idea. Such care has been taken over shot selection, it seems almost negligent. This said, so much time has been put into great tight shots, it's the long shots of context that are missing and very much missed. Did I mention cutaways? Story telling beyond script?

I quickly realised only one of these actors really belonged in this story, and had the capacity to carry the weight of the decade this story is supposed to be set in. A lack of direction, clearly.

Throughout, the younger actress (Molly Way) is stuck in modern gestures, movements and facial expressions, which are a stark and incongruous contrast to Astrid Ovalles' perfectly rigid and precise portrayal.

I'd have loved to have seen these rushes and given feedback, because I feel there's such a great deal of potential being shown here, but it's missing the mark. With a rework of scenes, some script work and a lot of actor guidance (when you're being shot tightly, don't move around - remember this is the 50s...) there's a story here worth telling.

I know, TL:DR. The short: Astrid Ovalles is one to watch, she'll nail this filmmaking lark soon and dazzle us, I'm sure.

5/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
70.
The Sea Purple (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Nothing - not her father, not the church - can stop unruly Angela from being with her childhood best friend turned great love... (105 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian dresses as man to be with woman 18th C.
Genre: Drama
HFAB

Slow, but interesting story. Adapted from a novel, and 'inspired by a true story.' I'm not sure they chose the focus of this story very well for the film. A lot happens, slowly, and I imagine it's covered better in the book.

Strange soundtrack selection at times. I found the central character believable as a man, which made it a shame they didn't move away first and dupe a load of strangers - though the villagers reaction to the sudden change of gender was interesting and could have been exploited more.

[spoiler] What I don't understand is how the father figure could turn from hateful, and abusive to accepting and supportive so quickly. The arc of his character seems incorrect - there was simply no reason behind it, or rather it was ill-explained in the movie.

If he had been a good, loving father, who became angry and upset and frustrated by his wilful daughter, then his readiness to turn her into a man would be difficult, but understandable. I'd have killed him off earlier, or made him nicer.

Unsatisfying ending, left with too many questions about the future. The parts were well cast however, and the performances very good.

4/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
71.
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Sissy Hankshaw is born with enormous thumbs that help her hitchhiking through the US from a young age... (95 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Eccentricity, romance
Genre: Comedy Oddity
NRH

Nutshell: Woman with large thumbs ends up on a ranch filled with politicly driven women, unbelievingly falls for one, has a thumb op, and gets involved with saving cranes.

This is star-studded, and there are lots of interesting performances, but it is a very odd movie. I feel Rain Phoenix was totally mis-cast given the talent on offer - not only is she not the strongest actor, she doesn't really have the allure or sexual chemistry to convince me she could seduce Uma Thurman (who by the way, I've actually stood next to at a party once - I wasn't brave enough to say hi, I oohed at the fireworks instead, this can be independently verified). She looks like a kid in this, not the respected leader she should be.

Then again, in the next scene Uma is seduced by Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita (aka old man in Karate Kid) - so it's fair to say this is an odd film all round.

Note for real geeks: You can spot a very young Edward James Olmos (Admiral William Adama - BSG) in the band.

I got a bit bored with it to be honest - and it's strangeness. I probably wasn't in the mood - either that or it just wasn't good enough to be so weird. It was also quite slow.

Dolores was the best character.

4/10

p.s what was the point of having Heather Graham in this movie? Wasted.

p.p.s the thumbs was comically rubbery thought. ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
72.
I Can't Think Straight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A 2008 romance film adapted from a same name novel about a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian descent... (82 mins.)
Director: Shamim Sarif
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance
Genre: Drama
HEA

Nutshell: Two woman, both engaged fall for one another, despite cultural/religious difficulties.

This movie isn't as good as it could be. The sound was oddly over-dubbed, giving it an amateur quality that was compounded by some stilted line delivery. The latter was occasionally due to poor script which the lead actors did an amazing job keeping just about believable. There were conversations happening in random places, and a lot of the time it slipped out of feeling natural which spoiled my viewing. All of this said, and despite some awful cliches, I did find myself managing to enjoy it. But it could, and should have been a far better movie. There was a lot more potential here.

4/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
73.
Bloomington (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
"Bloomington" is a coming-of-age drama about a former child actress attending college in search of independence and who ends up becoming romantically involved with a female professor. (83 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian teacher/pupil seduction
Genre: Romance
HFAB

Nutshell: Teacher seduces famous actor pupil, pupil goes back to hollywood.

I always find teacher/pupil seduction movies creepy. At least this one is set at university level, but the fact it happens within the first 13mins of screen time, and literally the 3rd time the characters meet, with little to no actual interaction/flirtation up to that point, dismayed me.

The script was not very fluid. There are a number of breaks in character consistency, without adequate explanation, making it feel unbelievable. And the story arcs seem half-hearted too. Awful stretched ending lacking impact.

This movie would have been better if the relationship between the leads had developed as friends, and ended in a kiss of promise.

It's a huge shame since the actors are great, if a little mismatched.

4/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
74.
She Monkeys (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Two adolescent girls on an equine acrobatics team form an intimate friendship that becomes threatened by their competitive nature. (83 mins.)
Director: Lisa Aschan
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian half-seduction/obsession/coming of age
Genre: Drama/almost thriller
NRH

This is quote an odd film, very unhollywood by nature. Beautifully shot, but slow. Well developed secondary characters, odd lead characters whom I never fully identified with, nor cared much for.

Lots of strange, uncomfortable things happen throughout this film, venturing into territories of sexualising children.

I'll be honest, it only just held my interest, and only loosely told what could have been a snappier story.

Though the idea of a lesbian romance it touted throughout, you'll be disappointed if that's what you're hoping for.

4/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
75.
Go Fish (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Max is a trendy, pretty, young lesbian, who is having trouble finding love. A friend sets her up with Ely... (83 mins.)
Director: Rose Troche
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian looking for love
Genre: Drama/Comedy
HEA

A classic lesbian movie, though very dated now. Even in it's time it was a bit scraped together. Guin Turner is great, but her leading lady leaves a lot to be desired (no surprise to find out she wasn't the intended actor to play the role, but drafted in), and does not prove to be worthy of her lust. Slow, but groundbreaking in it's day.

I acknowledge the part this movie has played in the lesbian movie world, I just never thought it was all that good.

4/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
76.
Villa Amalia (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Villa Amalia is the story of Ann, a musician, whose life is turned upside down by a kiss. When she sees Thomas kissing another woman... (94 mins.)
Director: Benoît Jacquot
“ Plot: Midlife Crisis?
Genre: Drama
NRH

Nutshell: Privileged pianist/composer decides to inexplicably abandon her already lonely life for even more solitude.


This film was distributed by Peccadillo Pictures, a company that deals with LGBT film. But honestly, this barely even has any LGBT theme. If you're hoping for that, don't watch this.

I daren't stop watching this movie in case something actually happened in the seconds I stopped watching. Not because there was so much to miss, but precisely because so little of this footage was actually essential to the story, such as there was.

This is a very pedestrian paced movie, more about scenery than anything. I'd like to say it was pretty, it should be, and yet the camera work was at times hard to understand.

The lead actress is wonderful, but under-utilised. Simply put, nothing much happens. I hesitate to categorise it as 'drama'. It's a film very much of type, but not the best if it's type.

I didn't expect pace, but there was little to get my teeth into. I did not care for any of the characters, I did not see any reason for anything much that happened. It was an odd tale, hard to relate to.

As for the notion of lesbian interest. She meets an italian woman 5/8ths of the way through, and there share a bed, and hug once, briefly.

3/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
77.
Three Veils (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(117 mins.)
Director: Rolla Selbak
“ Plot Drive: Difficult love
Genre: Drama
NRH

I found it hard to give a plot drive for this because it's a tale of three women, only one of whom is lesbian-ish. It's a story about religion, arranged marriage and breaking boundaries - but they are all tales we've seen before, and therefore they all feel cliched. In fact, the script is more than a little wanting, though the actors are great, and the production value is good.

It's just all a bit unbelievable. By the time we get to the lesbian romance, I was cringing. In fact I'm watching that bit whilst I write this - that's how unaffected I am by it. Though *none* of the romance in this is believable, they all spend half an hour with one another (imagined time, not screen time, so screen time about a minute) and then fall into unbelievable lust... given the issues surrounding them.

Then comes the third story, and it's a huge backstory with new characters to explain the crazy drunk character's addiction.

It was unnecessary - far easier for her to introduce her father in some other context, and let us assume some things. Then we discover the final character actually supposedly wrote the whole thing, which is ridiculous, given the points of view and narration expressed throughout.

If it had been me, I'd have merged the religious character with the soon-to-be-wed, and made a more concise and better story out of the whole thing. Told by one narrator, far more clearly. It's a jumbled mess by the end.

A lot of time is wasted rehashing the sections where the stories overlap - pointlessly. But it was the end that was truly awful, and lost this film a couple more stars...

The trailer was better, and not a good representation.

3/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
78.
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer -- arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary... (124 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance
Genre: Drama
NRH

Nutshell: Artist falls into obsession with a woman she intends to make a model.

If you enjoy Hitchcockain long, slow but incredibly clever conversational dialogue in your movies, stick with it, you will be rewarded. If you have a low attention span today, save it. I had to watch this in 3 sittings... but I stuck it out (for you, so you didn't have to).

The description Petra gives of the end of her marriage in the first 30mins (I think, it was day one of viewing, I'm sure) is simply marvellous, and I defy anyone to identity with at least part of it (seriously, it was really good).

This is set in one room, and split into 3 distinct time frames. The ending is rather amusing.

Did I mention this was long and slow? Honestly, don't watch this unless you're a real film buff.

3/10 (from a modern day viewing perspective) ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
79.
The Guest House (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
Before leaving for college, a recently dumped goth girl's life changes forever when she falls in love with a smart and professional college grad who is staying in the family's guest house. (82 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance
Genre: Romance
HEA

Nutshell: Girl's father goes away when they have a house guest. Girl seduces the house guest. Father comes home, is not happy.

This film has some really nice moments, mostly the seemingly ad-libbed sections. But, there are some long, and slow scenes that needed cutting, and some performances that didn't sit right against others as well. Not only this but there was just a bunch of cliche, and no notable supporting roles to give it any depth (all other characters were so two-dimensional they may as well have not appeared, but rather merely been referenced -- in fact that would have made them more interesting). Also, a lot of needless flesh before it needed exposure, and then later, when it was required, the underwear went back on... as is usual in Hollywood.

When the depth is revealed (and really this would have been a better story if the lead character had behaved like the reality of the situation from the beginning), it's done badly, and the reactions are not very believable. This is possibly due to the lengthy monologue, again, unnecessary.

Too many moments of cringe.

3/10

p.s. I started writing this during the cliched obligatory song-writing scene. How I didn't notice this girl rolled her 'R's until that moment I'm not sure. It's possibly not her singing. I kinda hope it isn't. The song is awful too. ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
80.
The Monkey's Mask (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A lesbian private detective dives head first into murder, manipulation and the consuming power of sex. (93 mins.)
Director: Samantha Lang
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance/Sex
Genre: Thriller
HFAB

Nutshell: Australian Private detective solves murder, and gets laid a lot.

Quite an odd story set on the poetry circuit, with strange and unnecessary voice over, and bad musical choices. A lot of nudity, and not for the win. Kelly McGillis finally plays the role we know she was born for though. The reveal/end was disappointing, despite being the more complicated tale.

3/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
81.
And Then Came Lola (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
A talented, but distracted photographer, Lola, on the verge of success in both love and work, could... (71 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian Romance(s)
Genre: 'Comedy'

Nutshell: Girl runs, and runs

9mins in and I realise, I don't really care about Lola's mission, which seems a little lame in the first place -- yet from the very beginning even Lola seems to think it's impossible.

No story ark. Not really much story. There are some fancy things happening, interspersed animation sequences etc, but it feels like a short film that has been extended by way of a (slightly porno) music video.

Everything is a reference to sex, but none of it is sexy. There is no atmosphere (literally) to any of the scenes, which vary in consistency regarding quality.

To me Danni's character is completely mis-cast, but that's all moot **spoiler** because imagine my delight when after completing her totally boring and average mission, Lola wakes up, it was a dream, and it goes groundhog day on me...

Also, I now see where Jill and Cathy's web series (We have to stop now) came from - lots of sitting on the therapists couch scenes).

Honestly, this is a waste of a good hour I could have been googling myself in.

2/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
82.
Some Prefer Cake (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
In San Francisco, Kira has a day job at a warehouse, writes jokes for her sister (who does stand-up back East)... (94 mins.)
Director: Heidi Arnesen
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian looking for love.
Genre: Comedy
HEA

Nutshell: Lesbian comic goes on a few dates and get advice from friends. Ends up going camping with a girl.

It's a bit weird to be honest, slow moving indie film with a couple of good lines. Traditional best friend straight girl role appears, with a crazy sex-mad lesbian (also traditional) thrown in.

I did like the lead actress however. A lot.

2/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
83.
Timecode (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Four frames of simultaneous action that alternately follow a smitten lesbian lover as she obsesses over her partner's dalliances and the tense goings-on of a Hollywood film production company. (97 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian couple involved.
Genre: Drama
NRH

Nutshell: Continuous footage in four frames telling story of a hollywood production company.

Not sure this movie pulls off what it intended to do. Very hard to enjoy what feels like watching a bunch of security cameras whose sound keeps being turned up and down without notice.

Selma Hayek plays a wannabe actress being snooped on by her jealous exec lover. The whole thing felt like an experiment.

2/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
84.
Loving Annabelle (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Annabelle is the wise-beyond-her-years newcomer to an exclusive Catholic girls school. Having been expelled... (76 mins.)
“ Plot drive: lesbian Romance with minor (fact).
Genre: Drama
NRH

Nutshell: Teacher seduces/is seduced by underage student in unbelievable manner.

Just not believable, and due to the (supposed) age of the girl involved, also not enjoyable on that level either for me. I do wish people would stop making teacher/pupil affairs into drama, unless they put a new twist on it.

2/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
85.
Gigola (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Set in the risque world of 1960's Paris, Gigola is a witty and desirable young girl who explores the lesbian underworld of the city and soon becomes a high-priced escort. (102 mins.)
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian pimp/whore
Genre: Disturbing and french (I don't know what else to say!)

Okay, so I hold my hands up, I was lured in by a pretty cover. This movie made me uncomfortable, and not in a good I-question-why kind of way.

The lead character is odd, a female gigolo (hence title), who is also a pimp for other women. There are sex scenes with older women that really made me want to turn off completely. I tried to stick with it, but I just couldn't get past that enough to care what happened.

It was frankly just odd. With half an hour to go and our protagonist **spoiler** suddenly seeming to take sexual interest in a male pimp, I'd had enough.

2/10 - thought I'm not sure I should rate it, since I didn't finish it, nothing I missed could have made this movie better than a 2 - not even if Angelina Jolie turned up to sort the whole mess out. ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
86.
Room in Rome (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls. (109 mins.)
Director: Julio Medem
“ Plot Drive: Naked Lesbians?
Genre: Erotica?
HEA?

Nutshell: I'm not sure, I didn't make it past the first few horrendous minutes of awful dialogue.

I don't feel entirely justified in rating this, since it might have improved, but I was honestly embarrassed watching it. I cringed so much I had to make it stop, despite the naked ladies. Hence the rating.

If I want to watch bad porn, I'll rent it.

1/10 ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
87.
Suddenly (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An Argentinian Dutch and Latin Comedy Drama where a young naive girl Marcia (Tatiana Saphir) learns about her sexuality... (92 mins.)
Director: Diego Lerman
“ Plot Drive: Lesbian seduction (kinda)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
NRH

The strangest seduction movie ever. Two tomboys kidnap a woman at almost knife-point, because one of them wants to seduce her. They embark on a strange, and morbid adventure.

I have to admit I only watched half this movie, so I won't actually rate it. It wasn't bad, I just got bored. I didn't hate it. ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
88.
The Watermelon Woman (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed... (90 mins.)
Director: Cheryl Dunye
“ To review. I watched this when I was 17 - that's when it was released! It's a documentary from what I remember. I need time to rewatch for a real review. ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
89.
Prey for Rock & Roll (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Prey For Rock & Roll is the story of Jacki and her all-girl rock and roll band, Clam Dandy, who are... (104 mins.)
Director: Alex Steyermark
“ To review. I watched this the year it came out, again I need a refresh, but essentially great cast, well made, about the indie music scene, and how to wear black eyeliner. Gina Gershon plays another convincing lesbian character. I know I enjoyed it, though as a 'faded' musician myself, it would probably cut a bit close to the bone these days! ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
90.
When Night Is Falling (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An uptight and conservative woman, working on tenure as a literacy professor at a large urban university, finds herself strangely attracted to a free-spirited, liberal woman who works at a local carnival that comes to town. (94 mins.)
Director: Patricia Rozema
“ To view and review - To view and review - status: Queued.

(http://www.tubeplus.me/player/633476/) ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
91.
Fine Dead Girls (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A lesbian couple rents an apartment in a seemingly normal building which happens to be populated with all kinds of freaks... (77 mins.)
Director: Dalibor Matanic
“ To view and review - status: looking for stream/rent availability.

Can anyone let me know how to get hold of this? Leave me a comment/send me a message on my fb page. Thanks ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
92.
Unveiled (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The educated Fariba Tabrizi flies from Teheran to Germany expecting to have asylum, since she is persecuted... (97 mins.)
“ To view and review - status: looking for stream/rent availability.

Can anyone let me know how to get hold of this? Leave me a comment/send me a message on my fb page. Thanks ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
93.
Love Sick (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Love. It just happens. No rules. It may look sick, but it's deep and it hurts. For everyone, Alex and Kiki are just good friends. They happen to be two girls experiencing another kind of love. For their family, Kiki and Sandu are sister and brother who sometimes fight. They happen to be lovers. Love Sick is about their stories. (86 mins.)
Director: Tudor Giurgiu
“ Aka 'Love Sick'.

To view and review - status: Queued. ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
94.
La robe du soir (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Like many of her classmates, 12 year old tomboy Juliette has a crush on Mrs. Solenska, a teacher distinguished by stylish attire and an uninhibited... (95 mins.)
Director: Myriam Aziza
“ To view and review - status: looking for stream/rent availability.

Can anyone let me know how to get hold of this? Leave me a comment/send me a message on my fb page. Thanks ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
95.
Sonja (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A teenage girl, Sonja (Sabrina Kruschwitz) tries to deal with her separated parents and her boyfriend... (72 mins.)
“ To view and review - status: looking for stream/rent availability.

Can anyone let me know how to get hold of this? Leave me a comment/send me a message on my fb page. Thanks ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
96.
For 80 Days (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Where is the thin line that separates friendship from desire? After more than 50 years without seeing each other, two 70 years old women dare crossing the line. (104 mins.)
“ To view and review - status: reserved - but long wait. ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
97.
Henry & June (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding... (136 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ To view and review - status: queued.

Apparently there's a 'lesbian' scene - we'll see what I think about that... ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
98.
Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After 42 years, feisty and delightful lesbian couple Edie and Thea are finally getting married. From the early '60s to the present day... (61 mins.)
“ To view and review - status: reserved - but long wait. ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
99.
Murderous Maids (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Based on the true story of two chambermaids (the Papin sisters) of 1930s France who murdered their employer and her daughter. (94 mins.)
“ To view and review - status: looking for stream/rent availability.

Apparently this films is about incestuous sisters who murder. Can't say I'm *that* bothered about finding it to watch tbh... I'd rather spend my time watching positive portrayal, or even just, you know, stories of normal people (whatever that means). ” - Sofia Antonia Milone
 
100.
Se min kjole (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Four dysfunctional teenage girls steal a car and elope from the institution where they live. They go on a road trip across Denmark, confronting ghosts of the past and settling old accounts as their dark secrets are revealed. (85 mins.)
Director: Hella Joof
“ To view and review - status: looking for stream/rent availability. ” - Sofia Antonia Milone