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Go Fish Review

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Although the film concentrates on the lives of a group of lesbian at the core is the blind date set up between Max, a successful beautiful writer and Ely, a sister-of-the-Earth style hippie who lives with her many cats.

★★★★★

Rose Troche's debut feature — acclaimed at both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals — is a warm, quirky look at all things lesbian. Max (Turner), a beautiful young writer has everything except maturity and a date. Luckily, her lesbian friends have a plan. They seem to think, for reasons never satisfactorily explained, that she is suited to Ely (Brodie), an older, hippy-haired sister of the woodlands type with two cats, a conveniently out-of-town girlfriend and a fear of social interaction.

The film is much more than a gay Blind Date, however, since Troche's intention is to make an all-out Lesbian Sisters Unite dykerama. What we get, therefore, along with the cute and halting progress of Ely and Max, is a revealing study of the lesbian lifestyle and all its inherent prejudices and dilemmas, as the group of women are filmed in rough-cut black-and-white home movie style intimacy debating such important issues as: can you still be a lesbian after sleeping with a man, and what to call one's vagina without being PC or male in attitude.

The self-conscious acting is neutralised by the seductive and ultimately satisfying script as Max grows up and learns to see beyond the shallow fashion requirements which stand in the way of a good relationship. By turns charming and tedious, this proves that no matter what your sexual preference may be, we are all faced with the same problems in life.

A touching and honest account of what it is to be a lesbian, being witty, amusing and thought-provoking. Although the match between Max and Ely seems unlikely the film keeps afloat with good performances all round.

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