Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: A film about taking charge of your life, making decisions to move it forward, rather than simply going through the motions.
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Year: 2006
Duration: 96 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Ned Farr
Writer: Ned Farr
Starring: Dreya Weber, Addie Yungmee, John Lee Ames, Andrew Ableson, David De Simone, Ronald Drewes, Paul A. Hicks, Tony Horton, Amy Lemons, Allison Mackie, Kathe E. Mazur, Maggie Mellin, Fred Ornstein, Tricia Small, Mam Smith

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The GymnastThe Gymnast is a film about taking charge of your life, making hard decisions to move it forward, rather than simply going through the motions, having the courage to find happiness and love. Jane (Dreya Weber, A Marine Story) is pushing 43, a top level gymnast whose career ended twenty years ago with a horrible injury. She’s stuck in a marriage to a man who pays little attention to her, worried she should have had a baby before it’s too late, and maintaining a fitness level unheard of for someone who no longer competes.

Then it all begins to change when she is invited to perform with a Las Vegas style, high flying aerial act. Happily using her talents again, Jane is drawn to Serena (Addie Yungmee), a graceful dancer who shares the air with her. A closeted lesbian, Serena is dealing with her own issues about coming out to her elderly Jewish parents, who adopted her from Korea.

As the spectacular act comes together, the two women make sparks. Athletic, graceful and sexy, no one can take their eyes off of the duo during their big audition, and they create a passionate performance both on and off the ground. Go rent or buy this film! It’s one of the most real, emotional stories I’ve seen in some time, and the visuals are unique and amazing. Watch through the credits for an even more powerful ending. (AB)