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A younger girl and an older woman hook up for the weekend in convenient circumstances, then fight, then reconcile. There's some sex. It's all a bit rubbish really, and for all the sex between two women, doesn't feel at all like a lesbian film, like it somehow has no heart.
Supernatural creatures, magical powers, dark forces, friends, foes, sexy escapades, murder and mayhem, S&M, mysteries, more sexy people, outlandish plots, people having sex with literally anything that moves, low(ish) budget, hilariously bad special effects, more sex, twisted beyond belief mythology, made in Canada. Really hot cast. You with me? Excellent.
Lisa Cholodenko, in an ambitious feature film debut, has written a screenplay that doesn't just show her characters and their lives, it also examines them, meticulously, pointing out every flaw, every weakness, every strength, every misstep. Our voyeuristic tendencies are fed generously as we're shown a slice of life that is both fascinating and horrible to watch.
Every lesbian interested in the history of our movement and our cinema should see this film. I know that some of it leaves me shaking my head today, but there's so much that still speaks to our shared experience, and it's so rare to see a film that reminds us how far we have really come.
Ellen Barkin plays an experienced but lonely cop on the trail of a serial killer. The trail leads her to businesswoman Vickie Kittrie (Peta Wilson). Vickie is at first reluctant to cooperate, but then sets her sights at Catherine as her latest conquest, and the investigation becomes just another dangerous sexual game for her.
As with all noir, by necessity style plays an important role. In this case I would say the mise-en-scene rises to the level of a main character. Brian De Palma is well known for favouring style over substance, but in The Black Dahlia this unexpected upstart of a character steals the show and never gives any of the other characters a look-in.