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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

But Aren't They All Psychopaths?

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

NPH and the missus took in a film the other day, the Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett thriller "Notes on A Scandal." It's a really well-done film with first rate performances by both female leads and great supporting jobs turned in by Bill Nighy and a young bloke named Andrew Simpson (who's from Northern Ireland).

Based on the novel by Zoe Heller, the screenplay is very well written.

But it raises a disturbing question: what was the last movie with a lesbian protagonist who wasn't a sociopath or an otherwise dangerous or disturbed character? NPH and the missus kicked this around and couldn't think of one. Not one. We could get into all of the sociological reasons we suspect, but that's not our purview. We just have to note our observation, that lesbian characters in films (especially major studio releases) tend to be crazy, and that seems to be a problem.

Now that we think of it, here's a film we saw a couple of years ago where this was not the case.
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 4:38 AM

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