programmer @ frameline + palm springs short fest
on the edge cinema
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
sundance 2021 film # 17
everything in this worked for me, the score, the yearning, the seasons changing.
and then, tallie dies. and we see her blue and sickly, with abigail sobbing and holding her body. and instead of letting us take in this moment we are jarred by flashbacks, the only time we see them explicitly having sex, as if this is the most meaningful and memorable part of their relationship. as if queer love scenes can only be tied to trauma and sickliness and pain??? SORRY BUT THIS IS FUCKING OFFENSIVE.
i didn't come away from this movie feeling like i knew jean seberg any better. her trajectory from bubbly and welcoming to neurotic and paranoid was clunky. the FBI agents only purpose was to move the story forward in ways the film couldn't naturally, and during the q&a kstew acknowledged he wasn't a real figure but an amalgamation (she also mentioned they didn't contact seberg's family for insight). i'm not even going to get started on the problems with the…