“Princess Cyd” by Stephen Cone (USA, 2017)

Lesbian love seen through the eyes of male directors

Princess Cyd

Sex and relationships in the eyes of a teenage girl and a woman in her late 40’s.
Stages 3 women in a finely-tuned coming-of-age and out-of-the-closet story, with balanced personages, multi-faceted sexual identities, and an healthy racial distribution.
“You may look at Miranda, and think immediately, ‘Oh, okay, I know who that woman is’. You would be wrong. The same for Cyd. ‘Oh, okay. Bored teenager sunbathing in a bikini. I know who that is’. Again, you would be wrong.” writes Sheila O’Malley.

Cast: Rebecca Spence, Jessie Pinnick, Malic White, James Vincent Meredith, Tyler Ross, Matthew Quattrocki
Director: Stephen Cone
Writer: Stephen Cone
Editor: Christopher Gotschall
Director of Photography: Zoe White
Original Music Composer: Heather McIntosh

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“Thelma” by Joachim Trier (Norway, 2017)

Lesbian love through the eyes of male directors

Thelma

A girl succeeds at accepting her sexual identity by resisting the religious constraints imposed on her

Cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen. Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Grethe Eltervåg
Director: Joachim Trier
Writer: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt
Cinematographer: Jakob Ihre
Editor: Olivier Bugge Coutté
Composer: Ola Fløttum

“Blue Is The Warmest Color” (La Vie d’Adèle) by Abdellatif Kechiche (France, 2013)

Lesbian love through the eyes of male directors

Blue Is The Warmest Color

Heavily sexualized approach, missing intimacy / Great lead personage / Could have been 60 min. shorter

Cast: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux, Catherine Salée, Jeremie Laheurte, Aurélien Recoing, Sandor Funtek, Salim Kechiouche, Mona Walravens
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Screenplay: Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix
Cinematography by Sofian El Fani
Film Editing by Sophie Brunet, Ghalia Lacroix, Albertine Lastera, Jean-Marie Lengelle, Camille Toubkis

“Room In Rome” by Julio Medem (Spain, 2010)

Lesbian love through the eyes of male directors

Room in Rome

Fantasy over two women who fall in love for one night / physical without much intimacy / beautiful images mired in superficiality

Cast: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso
Director: Julio Medem
Writers: Julio Rojas, Julio Medem
Music by Jocelyn Pook
Cinematography by Alex Catalán
Film Editing by Julio Medem

“Imagine Me & You” by Ol Parker (UK, 2005)

Lesbian love through the eyes of male directors

Imagine me and you

Light but excellent humor and dialogues

Cast: Piper Perabo, Lena Headey, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie, Anthony Head, Darren Boyd, Sharon Horgan
Written and directed by Ol Parker
Music by Alex Heffes
Cinematography by Ben Davis
Film Editing by Alex Mackie

“Novitiate” by Maggie Betts (USA, 2017)

Novitiate

A somewhat stereotyped nun story with vocational doubts and hierarchical abuse, enriched with an intricate historical perspective

Cast: Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Morgan Saylor, Liana Liberato, Denis O’Hare
Director: Maggie Betts
Writer: Maggie Betts
Cinematographer: Kat Westergaard
Editor: Susan E. Morse
Composer: Christopher Stark

“When Night Is Falling” by Patricia Rozema (Canada, 1995)

Lesbian love seen by a female director

When Night Is Falling (sec view)

The passion a woman feels for another woman makes her abandon all her moral certitudes / Some weaknesses in the script / Excellent camera work on bodies and movement

Cast: Pascale Bussières, Rachael Crawford, Henry Czerny
Director: Patricia Rozema
Writer: Patricia Rozema
Music by Lesley Barber
Cinematography by Douglas Koch
Film Editing by Susan Shipton