| Our Rating:
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: A Barcelona director and playwright fall in love while they work on a stage production.
Duration: 82 min
MPAA: Not Rated
|Director: Marta Balletbo-Coll
Writer: Marta Arasanz, Marta Balletbo-Coll
Starring: Anna Azcona, Marta Balletbo-Coll
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Writer/director/star Marta Balletbò-Coll (Costa Brava) has been called the Spanish Woody Allen for her smart, quirky, witty dialog, and Sévigné won the 2005 award for the best Catalan film as well as awards in gay and lesbian film festivals. It is a complex, sophisticated comedic drama, and both Balletbò-Coll and co-star Anna Azcona give brilliant performances.
Júlia (Azcona) is a well known Barcelona actress and director married to a top theater critic while also carrying on an affair with another man. Enter Marina (Balletbò-Coll), who has written a play based on the intimate relationship between Madame de Sévigné and her daughter. Júlia and Marina ready the script for the stage, with the playwright unexpectedly allowing her beloved project to be severely edited. As she explains to a former lover, Marina is under the influence of Júlia’s magnficent legs and shoulders.
The supposedly heterosexual, fiftysomething director is at a crossroads in her life and opens up as the two women closely collaborate, both artistically and emotionally. Júlia is prompted to make choices about keeping her conventional, dissatisfied life or following love and the unknown with Marina, who is passionate about both Júlia and her work.
Especially if you are a fan of Spanish cinema, Sévigné will impress. (AB)