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First Run Features is releasing Best Gay Shorts and Best Lesbian Shorts on DVD May 17th. I think there should be more DVDs like this, that gather up the best short films and present them so film buffs can check them out. Here are the movies on the Best Lesbian Shorts disc:
25 Random Things I Did During My Big Fat Lesbian Depression (****4/10)
Long, self-indulgent…just like the title! Chris Russo basically does a one-woman show that just isn’t terribly funny. Or gripping. Or…anything, really. Poor way to start the set.
At The End Of The Street (*******7/10)
After a breakup, a confrontation between estranged lovers lead to a fight over a table. Which is really, it seems, just an excuse to show up at the ex-girlfriend’s house. Then an encounter with a man that also deals with the table is eye-opening. Polish, with English subtitles.
The best film on the disc. Swedish with English subtitles. A lesbian couple comes apart at the seams on Katrina’s 40th birthday, as she reveals to her partner Sara that she is pregnant with the baby of a mutual friend. Their daughter becomes involved, and a canoe. Poignant and heartfelt.
Parental Guidance (******6/10)
Two little kids have grown-up words stuffed in their mouths as they discuss their parents’ marital woes. The little girl has two moms, the little boy has two dads, and they are all on a camping weekend. The parents are fighting, the kids are precocious, and it all ends very quickly.
Public Relations (********8/10)
A wonderful little movie starring two beautiful young women. Both women work as assistants to horrible women (cleaning their houses, booking their appointments, getting birthday gifts for their rotten spoiled children), and have talked only over the phone from LA and New York. Now their bosses are moving to the same city, and the girls can finally meet and fall in love.
Meh. A lifeguard obsesses over a woman taking swimming lessons in the pool where she works. Dreams and fantasies and so forth. But no one in the movie compels me to more than a passing interest – and at 7 minutes, a film shouldn’t feel “long”.
Tech Support (*******7/10)
A sweet short about two women who connect over the phone when one of them calls for tech support and the other one answers. Some pretty weak “acting” in this one, considering it’s all dialogue, but it works and has a sweet ending. Nice. Included above in this review.
Tools 4 Fools (***3/10)
Even at 8 minutes, this self-indulgent, not-funny dildo infomercial is way too long.
You Move Me (******6/10)
A woman helps her friend move out of her old house after she breaks up with her girlfriend. Apparently they need a massive U-Haul truck for one little trunk full of stuff…and there is some really odd (and possibly offensive) native American role-playing lesbian stuff going on. But it works!