Thursday, June 15, 2006

Puccini for Beginners

Alegra is "an opera-loving lesbian" living in New York City. She drags her girlfriends, ex-girlfriends, friends, and anyone else she can, to the Metropolitan Opera. Unfortunately, opera is the only thing in Alegra's life to which she can commit. She finds herself in a love triangle with a woman and (gasp!) a man.

The opera lovers among you will be disappointed that the opera scenes are quite brief, although I'm sure that will come as a relief to others. The dialog is sharp, the acting is top-notch, and the plot twists are intriguing without being outlandish. Puccini for Beginners was a solid choice for opening night film of the Frameline30 festival.

Puccini for Beginners, dir. Maria Maggenti, 2005 USA 90 min.
(Note: Maria Maggenti directed the lesbian coming-of-age favorite The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love.)

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