Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (February 23, 2007)

WITH A NAME BASED ON A SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY, YOU ALREADY KNOW IT'S NOT GOING TO BE A COMEDY
Another reader who recently visited the Philippines (thanks Cogie!) tipped me off about Rome and Juliet, a controversial new movie she really liked that follows "the romantic journey and soul mating of two straight women caught in a web of forbidden love." Juliet (Andrea del Rosario), a conservative preschool teacher engaged to a young politician, falls for her wedding planner, Rome (Mylene Dizon). Juliet's fiancé finds out, of course, and it's all downhill from there as the women cope with the fallout from going public. The film is tinged with tragedy (a requirement for lesbian movies) but "in the end, despite all the trials and hurdles Rome and Juliet's unconventional love for each other remains strong and intense."

The trailer doesn't have English subtitles, but the scenes of the beautiful women gazing longingly at each other, the mood music, and the angst pretty much say it all.

ALL THE THINGS SHE SAID ABOUT BAD MOVIE CONCEPTS
Casting is starting on a new movie called Finding t.A.t.u. about a 17-year-old New Yorker named Janie living in Moscow with her stepmother. Janie befriends and develops a crush on a girl named Lana from a small Russian town who works in a meat-packing plant but "dreams of becoming a model or singer like her idols t.A.t.u.," according to the breakdown. Lana visits Janie in Moscow and is cruelly rejected by a modeling agent, but "her dreams are finally realized when her poems and songs get t.A.t.u.'s attention."

Um, I know the pop singers-formerly-known-as-lesbians are having a comeback, but isn't this movie about five years too late? I know we're hard up for happy movies with lesbian themes, especially internationally, but I don't think we're this desperate yet.

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