It is an unwritten law of the Italian screen that as soon as there is talk of lesbians, Alessia Barela must make at least a cameo appearance (not that I would be complaining).
In the wake of the build-up to Italy finally – FINALLY – breaking trough the Vatican barriers and establishing a civil union law for its same-sex loving citizens earlier this year, consider “IO e LEI” (trailer comes with English subs) by Maria Sole Tognazzi about the in Italy still somewhat novel depiction of a day-to-day, middle-aged lesbian couple, with one of them fearing being out (hence drama ensues).
Well, you had me at middle-aged Italian lesbians because if I have a weakness other than mezzo-sopranos, that might be it. Italian or Spanish. Both. Both are good.
I haven’t seen the movie yet, but if you look at just the trailer, you will get some Maca/Irene vibes, and then I had to rewind because, hello, don’t we know that face?
It looks like Marina got a queerer haircut when she signed up for a civil union license with one Esther B., or at least that’s my take on it.
It’s always good to see Barela, who in this case seems to be the sounding board best friend of the more out character (the brunette smolder seems to be another law of the Italian screen).
I have no idea how the film ends, but if Brunette Smolder gets dumped by Hesitant Despite Queer Sensible Haircut, look above and consider your life choices. Sometimes, a brunette pediatrician is the answer to everything (that, or 42. Or an Italian brunette aged 42? – Asking for a friend).
Just this evening, I found the following in my stats: It looks like Marina and Esther are not yet forgotten.
And while I tied that saga up with a bow (“Dare”, over at the Writing Desk), I will gladly take more queer-acting Barela on my screen.