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Title: Me, Myself and Her (Io e Lai)
Year: 2015
Language: Italy (Subtitles)

Plot: Marina and Federica have been together for five years now, and although they share the same apartment, bed, face cream, they laugh and they fight, but even they, are sometimes not sure if they’re really a couple.

Basic Review:

  • A beautiful view of a mature lesbian relationship. The characters are sensual but emotionally charged and even sometimes flawed. They seem real and it allows the audience to empathise with them.
  • I loved the architecture and symmetry in the shots, where cool Italian afternoons make romantic connections twice as magical.
  • I disliked the temptation of heterosexuality when one of the woman takes interest in a man for a while, but its a clear choice and a happy ending for the women overall.
  • A totally cute soundtrack to whisp you away and some beautiful butterfly in your stomach moments.

Francesca ‘Franky’ Doyle & Bridget Westfall

TV Show: Wentworth

I love them because: Here is a (very) sexy dynamic between a top ranking inmate and a tough professional lawyer. Again, an Australian production, Wentworth is set in a women’s prison. They deal with same sex relationships and transwomen in a fair and authentic way that highlights the diversity of each experience portrayed in the show.

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“Baka Bukas” (2016) Trailer (with eng subs)

For those who don’t know what my previous post was about.

“Baka Bukas” was a film in competition for the Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2016. This film won the Best Actress Award (Jasmine Curtis, Alex), along with Best Sound and Audience Choice Award. I was able to experience the overflowing support for the film. It was very hard to buy tickets for this movie as they always seem to run out before lunchtime. That’s why I went to the cinemas the moment they open. Yes, I was that desperate hahah Luckily, I got to watch it and I am glad I did. Just the fact that this movie was being shown in cinemas in our country, is already a great feat on its own. Story wise, it’s very relatable especially to all “Millenials” whether you are gay or not. Along with the plot that the girl is in love with her best friend. Who wouldnt be able to relate with that? not gonna spoil you guys some more but I just want you to know that this is a must watch movie!!

As reportedly earlier, “Baka Bukas” will be shown in cinemas this March! Be sure to watch it!

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Title: Alto
Year: 2015
Language: USA (English)

Plot: The story of an unsatisfied woman named Franky, who falls in love with a mob boss’s daughter. The mafia culture of heteronormativity and the push for women to be family-oriented and therefore objectified makes them accessories in many ways. 

Basic Review:

  • I really like the way the film challenges the concept of family through mob culture which has in the past been unkind to women’s freedoms.
  • There is an element of comedy that is comforting and enjoyable and that is due to the wonderful performance of the protagonists.
  • If you’re into quirky, lesbian, mob comedy… you’ll be delighted.

*Requested by: http://shinytrina.tumblr.com/

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This is strangely hard to post. I’ve been avoiding sharing this because when I watch it, I see all of the flaws, all of the things I wish I could change. BUT. I’m never done learning, my art will never be perfect, and all I can hope is that what I create connects to someone and translates real emotions. I’m excited to be starting my career with a project that pushed me, that tells an LGBT story, that helped me find my voice as a director. Thank you so much to everyone who has given to this project, shared it with others, and waited for its release! 

THIS is One Night: a lesbian/drama short film, written & directed by me - Lydia Smyth

For more info/credits, go to the vimeo page. 

Honestly the scene in Carol (2015) dir. Todd Haynes that cuts me the deepest is their second phone conversation

“I want to know, I think… I mean, I want to ask you things, but I’m not sure that you want that.”

"Ask me things. Please.”

If anything captures the anticipation and uncertainty and anxiety of falling in love, it’s that one moment.
I know I made a mood post about it, but seriously- the way Carol is gripping the phone when she breathes it out. With both hands, as if even though the words are dangerous they are her lifeline. It is an acknowledgment that they are both feeling something incredibly intense, and an acknowledgement of how isolating that attraction is.
God I could write endless essays about this movie. Maybe I will.

Bea Smith & Allie Novak

TV Show: Wentworth

I love them because: Here is a shout out to a television series from my home country Australia. Although we are a country SO behind that the Marriage Act still publicly denies same sex couples and their right to equality, this series is trying to accurately portray lesbian relationships, where they are vulnerable but expected in a show about a female prison. Bea and Allie are genuine though and a sigh of fresh air can be taken as you watch the two fall in love.

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연애담 (Our Love Story) 2016

This indie film is a must watch! The film shows the journey of the relationship of two women. Yoon Ju, an art student and Ji Soo, a bartender. It’s a very realistic simple love story and i love it for it! It’s not overly dramatic, and just shows a lesbian relationship in modern day Seoul as real as it gets. 

What makes me watch this film over and over again is the dynamic of the two leads, their curious glances, subtle smiles, and as their relationship progresses, you can naturally feel it too. How their love starts with a burning desire for each other and then gradually fades away as they become distant in a literal sense as Ji Soo had to move away to live with her father again. It’s like watching a real love story not a film. It made me curious to the point that it made me ask questions like, could it have been all real? That’s how great they were. Plus I have a crush on the actress playing Ji Soo hahha she’s so beautiful.

Seriously, this film deserves all the attention! It’s currently my fave lesbian film released this year, beating The Handmaiden. I just really love how real and simple this film is.