Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: A beautifully shot lesbian romance featuring the longest kiss on film.
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Year: 2010
Duration: 111 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Nicole Conn
Writer: Nicole Conn
Starring: Necar Zadegan, Traci Dinwiddie, Gary Weeks, Sam Harris

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Elena Undone

Elena Undone is the 2011 film from Nicole Conn, who has also brought us the award-winning documentary little man, the lesbian classic Claire of the Moon, and the erotic short Cynara. The lead actresses, Necar Zadegan as Elena, and Traci Dinwiddie as Peyton, have a magical chemistry on-screen that pulls the viewer in to their story from the first moment you see them together. On their own, each brings incredible acting and beauty to their roles, the likes of which we can hope to see more of in lesbian films.

Elena is a woman devoted to her pastor husband, her son, and her traditional Indian family. Peyton is a lesbian writer who is single and fighting demons from her past. What begins as a friendship, as Peyton helps Elena re-explore her love of photography, becomes a romance with moments of humor and high drama.

They are two women from very different lives who come together and find themselves confronted by very strong emotions and feelings for one another. Peyton, especially, is afraid to trust that what is happening between her and Elena, having recently gone through a very painful breakup. The lead characters are believable, and even at their most vulnerable, give us a sense of their inner-strength that you know will see them through, one way or another.

The cinematography gives us a wide range of color and close-ups that pull you into the film (Director of Photography was Tal Lazar). From the outdoor scenes in the park, to the longest kiss on film, the cameras captured every lush moment that can carry you away from beginning to end. The supporting cast members are also strong characters, and bring their own layer of drama to the story. The music soundtrack sometimes didn’t seem to fit with the scene, but overall, not bad.

Overall, Elena Undone is well worth adding to your lesbian film collection. The acting is superb, and the overall production values are outstanding. (NK)

— Nina Knapp is an independent filmmaker and writer living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can learn more about Nina and keep up with her projects on Facebook and her website, www.croneproductions.com.