Vernon Film Society Director: Thom Fitzgerald
Cast: Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker, Kristin Booth, Ryan Doucette
Run Time: 93 minutes
Country: Canada
Year: 2011
Language: English
Rating: Not rated (Very coarse language, nudity) Not yet released

Now here is a genuine crowd-pleaser. It's got laughs, it's got tears, it's got Maritime scenery in gorgeous long shot, but most of all, Thom Fitzgerald's film has a radiant performance by Olympia Dukakis as Stella, one of the most memorable female lead characters in a long time.

Stella is a foul-mouthed, boisterous, obstreperous 80-year-old lesbian, comfortably ensconced in rural life with her longtime partner Dot (Brenda Fricker). When Dot falls out of bed following a mischievous dildo tease (it's that kind of movie), a trip to the hospital provides her granddaughter Molly (Kristen Booth) with an opportunity to trick her into an old folk's home, rupturing a 30-year relationship and driving the defiant Stella to action. Determined to gain recognition of their relationship, Stella and Dot take off from their home base of Maine for Nova Scotia, planning to elope. What follows are road movie hijinks, powerful emotional reversals and enough belly laughs for five movies, most of them courtesy of the creatively profane Stella.

Ever since his stunning debut, The Hanging Garden, Fitzgerald has been a unique voice in queer Canadian cinema, marked by his films' unpretentious, colloquial humour and rich emotional textures. He's in fine form here, fashioning a tale of love on the run with a light touch and a strong sense of humanity. And Dukakis is phenomenal.

" Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis shines in this beautiful love story as the defiant and hilariously profane Stella. " - Georgia Straight


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