Queer and mainstream audiences alike flocked to see a girl-meets-girl love
Go Fish tells the story of two young women in Chicago’s Belmont neighborhood: trendy Max, who describes herself as “a single lesbo looking for love,” and Ely, whom Max at first deems “extra crunchy” and even ugly. With encouragement and meddling from their friends, the two ultimately fall for each other.
Granted, it takes a strategic haircut for Ely to even get Max to take a second look. But the movie’s tagline is “the girl is out there,” and over the course of 84 minutes, Max grows and learns to open her eyes to the possibility of love where she never expected it, while Ely leaves her long-term, long-distance girlfriend for Max, trading in a fizzled-out relationship for a new lease on life.
Go Fish almost didn’t even get made. Filmmakers Rose Troche and Guinevere
It took long years and a lot of blind faith for Go Fish to even make it from production to distribution.
But Go Fish made a successful tour of the festival circuit, getting
The Samuel Goldwyn company won the bidding war and the $15,000-budget movie
Go Fish was hardly a shoo-in for commercial success. It’s a dialogue-heavy number, filled with philosophical musings on what it means to be a lesbian. It’s shot in grainy black-and-white and is interspersed with experimental montages. The acting is mostly amateur and the sound and score also reflect the film’s restrictive budget. Not to mention that more time is spent leading up to Max and Ely getting together than portraying their eventual hookup.
So why was Go Fish such a hit?
The movie certainly has artistic merit: The writing is bold and fresh and gives
It may look homemade but it’s just as obviously heartfelt and heartwarming.