Lesbian film fest part 2!
Imagine Me & You - Part of the subgenre of "people who discover true love only once they have just married someone else". I thought it was well-produced, but more or less by-the-numbers. I disliked a contrived mechanic to the way the story was written where once the main character met the woman of her life, every man in her life became complete jerks, only to become supportive once she resolved to leave her new husband for the other woman. That was too tidy and coincidental and I think robbed the drama they were going for of its possible depth. Probably my least favorite that I have reviewed so far, but was somewhat entertaining.
Madame X - Eine absolute Herrscherin - Crazy late 70s art film about various women who leave their unfulfilling lives to travel with the fearsome Madame X, Pirate Queen. The way this was made did not feel like typical narrative cinema. It appears to have been shot silent, with narration, sound effects, and looped snippets of dialog added after. The story was told mostly without dialog, and felt like performance art / dance private rituals which happened to be caught on film. As I loosely interpret it, the women who join the crew each reach their personal limit in their commitment to the cause, as a result of their socialization into patriarchy. This causes them to apparently die, but be reborn later without those limitations. Madame X is just sort of the catalyst for their rebirth as real feminist pirates.
Fucking Åmål - Yes, another "coming out" story, but one of the best I have seen. Agnes is an angsty teen who feels isolated and doesn't get on with most people. People find out that she is infatuated with Elin, a more popular girl, who then kisses Agnes on a dare to shock her friends. Realizing that it was a prank, Agnes becomes more despondent, but Elin questions if she might have more genuine feelings for Agnes then the boys she feels pressured into being with. The way this was depicted seemed quite realistic to me, including the acting of the relatively young people. My only complaint would be the inclusion of pop songs in the soundtrack, but I am picky about music.
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same - B&W deliberately cornball spoof on old sci-fi schlock, like Larry Buchanan's 60s TV movies. There are alien women (who talk like coneheads) exiled from their homeworld of Zots because it is believed that the strength of their emotions are depleting the ozone layer of their planet. So it is thought that after having their hearts broken by callous Earth people, they will be able to return home. Except that Zoinx meets Jane - an alienated woman who works at an NYC stationary store. It seems to work almost despite itself, because the obvious fish-out-of-water gags are so cliched and goofy, but the real wit is in the understated absurdity discussed by the characters. I thought it was fun, but suspect that others might find it annoying.