Our Rating: ★★☆☆☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Tackles the reality that without access to legal marriage, same sex couples in the United States are left without protections when one is an immigrant.
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Year: 2006
Duration: 117 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Ralph Torjan
Writer: Robert J. Feldman, Ralph Torjan
Starring: Deborah Stewart, Taymour Ghazi, Andrea Carvajal, Robert J. Feldman, Lynda Lefever

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Maple PalmThis independent film tackles the reality that without access to legal marriage, same sex couples in the United States are left without protections when one is an immigrant. In order to stay with a partner, gay and lesbian US citizens are forced to leave for one of the sixteen countries that recognize same sex couples for the purpose of immigration.

Nicole (Deborah Stewart) and Amy (Andrea Carvajal) have been living together in Los Angeles for fifteen years, until one day a violent federal immigration agent (Taymour Ghazi) arrives to deport one of them as an illegal. He assumes the darker Amy is his target, when it turns out to be blonde, blue eyed Nicole, who is a Canadian.

What transpires over the next several hours is a cat and mouse game as both Nicole and the agent fight for the upper hand. Many will find the agent’s sexual abuse of her disturbing and difficult to watch. Unfortunately, her lack of reaction to this and other events seems very odd, and we are stuck waiting for the end of the drama to unfold for far too long.

Will the two women flee to Canada, or will Nicole leave in handcuffs? The film does a great job of shining a light on this important political issue, but too much talking and music video like footage make it tough to sit through. For more information on the issues raised, see immigrationequality.org. (AB)