I get the feeling that you really must have read the book to understand what's going on here...too many undertones and allusions and not enough drama! When there is finally some real tension it feels awkward and out of place. I suppose it's cute enough, though. The soundtrack is amazing and there is something peachy about the chemistry between Shaver and Charbonneau.
The aesthetic start to finish! Saturated. Sirkian, almost. Already a wry nostalgia to it when it was made, alongside its frank emotional dramas, or maybe to justify them (also the reason the camp aspects don't seem dated & 80s today). Pulled off in a way Todd Haynes never managed. I loved nearly every character, nearly right away. The camera loved them. So did the script. Easy, beguiling & sexy. Couldn't not love it.
This movie is so sexy and beautiful I'll forgive the hokey dialogue. Also it's a movie about lesbians, made by a lesbian director, where no one dies and it doesn't end in a love triangle with a man. Just a classic romance with all the ambiguities of life as a woman who loves women in the 50s.
ok tbh I loved this..... the rain kissing scene>the notebook, "what is it you want", "another 40 mins with you" convincing her girl to hop onto a moving train! instant classic.... AND a movie about gays where absolutely nothing tragic or even emotionally crippling happens? all I did was smile, A+