Our Rating: ★★★½☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: A lush Victorian romance, heavy on mood and sensual sounds and images. What a lesbian Harlequin Romance might be if put on the screen.
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Year: 1996
Duration: 40 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Nicole Conn
Writer: Nicole Conn
Starring: Johanna Nemeth, Melissa Hellman, Fumi
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Cynara: Poetry in MotionThis short film (40 minutes) is really a must see in the small group of erotic films made for and by lesbians. Writer/director Nicole Conn (Claire of the Moon, Elena Undone) has created a lush Victorian romance, heavy on mood and sensual sounds and images. It’s what I imagine a lesbian Harlequin Romance might be if put on the screen.

Byron (Melissa Hellman) has just arrived from Paris to find solitude for her work as a writer in the seaside village of Baycliff in 1883. For the sculptress Cynara (Johanna Nemeth), bored and isolated, meeting the crossdressing Byron immediately lights a spark. She is inspired to sculpt the female form in luscious detail, and the erotic poet within Byron is aroused.

Much of the film follows their courtship, riding horses on the beach, taking long walks and playing chess. Finally in front of a smoldering fire, the buildup of desire finds the two women kissing, and Byron works her way towards removing the corset of her love.

Then comes the payoff of two beautiful women in bed together, images of their bodies intertwined in a sensuous dance of passion. This is an artistic erotic film, so if you are looking for simulated sex, this isn’t it. It’s long on romance, with a period voice over, soft and sexy. (AB)