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MARDI GRAS FILM
And Then Came Lola
Directed by Ellen Seidler and Megan Siler
Inspired by the notable 1998 German film, Run Lola Run, this Ameri-
can romantic comedy has Lola as a talented yet unreliable photographer,
based in San Francisco. When her new girlfriend, Casey, needs her to
make an important delivery, the question is whether or not she can do it
and do it on time. Lola has three chances to deliver the goods, and her
path is strewn with a range of obstacles, including an ex-girlfriend, an
angry dog and a parking policewoman without a sense of humour.
Lola breaks into animated sequences every so often, depicting an exag-
gerated version of the real Lola's hilariously bad luck. There is also plenty
of "talking head" footage of the various characters discussing their feel-
ings, their sex lives and their relationships, all under the guise of being
in therapy. This technique ser ves well to give the audience background
into the characters.
The film is exactly what it wants to be --- a completely fun, frantic, treat
for the eyes, featuring a few of the hottest up-and-coming stars from the San
Francisco lesbian community, both in front of and behind the camera.
We Are The Mods
Directed by E. E. Cassidy
Schoolgirl Sadie is a talented amateur photographer, and Nico is the new
girl in class. Together they explore Britain's mod culture of music, fash-
ion, drugs and vintage scooters in a contemporary Los Angeles setting.
Sadie has previously hidden behind the lens of her 35mm camera, but
everything changes when she meets Nico, who was born with a medical
condition that causes abnormal swelling in her foot. Nico doesn't hide
her disability; in fact she loves the spotlight. Sadie is drawn into Nico's
thrilling world of aesthetics where Sadie learns about herself and who
she really is.
The Fish Child
Directed by Lucía Puenzo
Lala is the privileged daughter of a powerful Argentinean judge, in love
with the family's young maid, Ailin. The two long to escape togeth-
er, to set up house by a lake in rural Paraguay, Ailin's home country.
When Lala's father dies suddenly, Ailin ends up in prison, accused of
his murder, while Lala finds herself alone in Paraguay. Here she begins
to investigate her lover's dark past, discovering some harrowing truths
about Ailin's youth. Yet, she remains determined to free her lover so
they can fulfill their dream.
Although Puenzo's tale is based on her own novel, she has made many
changes to the narrative for the cinematic version. The film's fractured,
fast-paced approach should hold the audience's interest, although at
times it feels as though the many twists in the plot have become just a
bit too convoluted.
Ashleigh Summer as Lola in And Then Came Lola
Sharon Gleiss stars in Hannah Free
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