Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a bit of French lesbian film noir. And then The Girl is exactly what you’re looking for. (At the moment, I’m looking for it too – my copy seems to have walked off after Onna! ^_^;)
But I digress. The Girl is a lovely piece of lesbian pulp film that manages to be fun and goofy and still remain sexy and slick.
Butchy Agathe De La Boulaye (who is just lovely in her clothes) falls for cabaret singer Claire Keim. I know – could it get ANY more stereotypical!? Keim’s male lover is not about to take this kind of insult sitting down, so sexy sulky stalking escalates into violence and a typically Gallic ending. Because The Girl plays out like a smoky, liquor-scented pulp novel, you can relax and watch the pretty, pretty people with low mental commitment, but high pleasure.
Even the director’s comments are interesting – this is just about the only DVD I’ve ever bothered watching the movie with the commentary, and I enjoyed it. It wasn’t a lesson in directing or anything, but the stories that make up the filming of this low-budget, tight-deadline lesbian noir are, in their own way, as good a yarn as the movie itself.
Cinematography: 8 (espcially considering the budget and deadlines)
Characters – 7
Story – 7
Yuri – 10
Service – 3 (Its much too arty for boy porn)
Overall – 8 and a bowl of popcorn.
Wish I could find my damn copy. ^_^