“Lovesong” by Son Yong Kim (USA, 2016)

Lesbian love seen by a female director

Lovesong

A finely chiseled description of a friendship between two women. Excellent direction and performances

Cast: Riley Keough, Jena Malone, Brooklyn Decker, Ryan Eggold, Rosanna Arquette
Director: So Yong Kim
Writer: Bradley Rust Gray, So Yong Kim
Cinematographer: Kat Westergaard, Guy Godfree
Editor: So Yong Kim, Bradley Rust Gray
Composer: Jóhann Jóhannsson

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“Elena Undone” by Nicole Conn (USA, 2010)

Lesbian love seen by a female director

Elena Undone

Predictable but very real, with good love scenes / Shunned by critics

Cast: Necar Zadegan, Traci Dinwiddie, Gary Weeks
Director: Nicole Conn
Writer: Nicole Conn
Music by Mark Chait
Cinematography by Tal Lazar
Film Editing by Nicole Conn, Brian Wessel

“Adore” by Anne Fontaine (Australia, 2013)

 

Adore

Excellent scenario and some fantastic editing.
Many have called it a bad movie (see the main ratings) because of its scandalous theme – two middle-aged women falling for two young men they know. However, the same critics wouldn’t have blinked if the movie had staged two men falling for their daughter-in-law. Hypocrisy at its best!

Cast: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Lowe
Director: Anne Fontaine
Screenplay: Christopher Hampton
Novel: Doris Lessing
Music by Christopher Gordon
Cinematography by Christophe Beaucarne
Film Editing by Luc Barnier, Ceinwen Berry

“Nathalie…” by Anne Fontaine (France, 2003)

Nathalie....

Cast: Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart, Gérard Depardieu |
Director: Anne Fontaine
Writers: Philippe Blasband (original idea), Jacques Fieschi
Music by Michael Nyman
Cinematography by Jean-Marc Fabre
Film Editing by Emmanuelle Castro

“Laggies” by Lynn Shelton (USA, 2014)

Laggies

Summarized: only the perfect (male) match can give sense to a woman’s life. No story to be proud of!
Just like Touchy Feely, a female reacts dramatically when her boyfriend offers her to commit herself more fully to their relationship. Adding to the sequel feeling, both movies stage an adult female, a teenager, and 2 adult males. In both movies, the “mother” is absent.
But instead of defining its personages realistically as they are in Touchy Feely, those in Laggies are inconsistent. A hopefully one-time hiccup in an up-to-now interesting oeuvre.

Cast: Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mark Webber, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, Kaitlyn Dever
Director: Lynn Shelton
Screenplay: Andrea Seigel
Director of Photography: Benjamin Kasulke
Original Music Composer: Benjamin Gibbard

“Humpday” by Lynn Shelton (USA, 2009)

Humpday

How men be afraid of “pussing out”!

Cast: Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore, Lynn Shelton, Trina Willard
Directed and written by Lynn Shelton
Music by Vinny Smith
Cinematography by Benjamin Kasulke
Film Editing by Nat Sanders

“Mansfield Park” by Patricia Rozema (Canada, 1998)

 

Mansfield Park

Social hierarchy is a recurring theme in this director’s work. In Mansfield Park, the lead personage comes from a poor branch of a family whose wealth is built on slavery. Kit Kitteridge: An American Girl (2008) depicts the social destitution and disintegration of a family as a consequence of the Great Depression, and the parallel world of hobos. Into The Forest shows again a society in the process of disintegration, which leads to the rape of a woman – both woman and rapist being honorable members of that society prior to these events.
“This is an uncommonly intelligent film, smart and amusing too, and anyone who thinks it is not faithful to Austen doesn’t know the author but only her plots.” writes Roger Ebert.

Cast: Frances O’Connor, Jonny Lee Miller, Alessandro Nivola
Director: Patricia Rozema
Writers: Jane Austen (novel), Patricia Rozema
Music by Lesley Barber
Cinematography by Michael Coulter
Film Editing by Martin Walsh