BFI Flare 2018 reviews

BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Formerly known as the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (LLGFF), Flare is the biggest LGBTQ+ film festival in Europe.

Reviews by Petit Printemps

MARGUERITE

MARGUERITE
by Marianne FARLEY
A lifetime of regrets come rushing back for the frail but independent Marguerite.
* FRENCH – LGBT – CANADA – 19 min
* Year of production: 2017

Review

This is a story of a frail old lady, living alone in a house Quebec, and we get to see a glimpse of her daily interactions with a nurse who checks up on her. When Marguerite finds out that her nurse dates women, she decides to re-visit some old memories by pulling out old photos. The silent gazes will break your heart, as you can see the rush of memories and regrets coming over her. The bond which is created between the two of them made me love our community and compassion for one and other even more.

This short reminded me of how lucky and fortunate I have been to live in the era when there are options (for those who have access to it anyways). Even though at times it seems that the struggle will never end, I like to think that, hopefully, I have been true to myself and won’t take such regrets to my death bed…  But I know this isn’t many peoples reality.

Y

Y
by Gina WENZEL
Laura finds more than she bargained for when she steals from the wrong woman.

* GERMAN – LGBT – GERMANY – 2017 – 23 min
* Year of production: 2017

Review

A little ‘transport thief’ that steals phones from people who are asleep and then goes through their phone’s photos and videos, just for fun it seems. She parties hard, takes drugs and hooks up with random people. Just a fun easy going rebel life… until she steals the wrong person’s phone. We hear gun shots, cries, yelling (in Arabic?) and the shock on her face says it all.

Estranged from her upper class parents, when at home even the news about refugees is triggering for her. Surprisingly, she runs into the same girl she stole the phone from on the metro. She doesn’t speak German, however she bluntly tells our lead that she’s not gay.

She starts following this refugee girl around and obviously, they end up hooking up as the attraction is undeniable, no matter what was said and done.

This short is a wakeup call for her and us as audience, to not take what we have for granted….

THREE CENTIMETRES

THREE CENTIMETRES
by Lara ZEIDAN
Can friendship survive Manal’s confession?
* ARABIC – LGBT – UNITED KINGDOM, LEBANON – 9 min
* Year of production: 2017

Review

Coming out to close same sex friends when you are just a teenager is one of the hardest things possible. However, we all play out the scenarios in our head a million times, in a million different situations. But sometimes, it doesn’t go as you planned, or in the situation you imagined.

Do I speak up for my kind, or do I consider the consequences?

As a Middle Eastern girl, this particular scenario really shock me to my core…

CHARLIE

CHARLIE
by Lesley JOHNSON

Blurred lines of friendship and an easy intimacy make Sasha think best friend Charlie is the one.

* ENGLISH-CANADA – LGBT – CANADA – 7 min
* Year of production: 2018

Review

This short is about the relationship between two teenage girls. How just a silly game becomes an eye opener for one of the girls, when she starts uncovering her true identity.  As a queer identified woman, this was all too familiar and most of us have experienced it in one way or another.

Spending all your awake hours when you’re a teenager with someone, and when these feelings start to surface, the struggle also begins…

MINE IS YOURS

MINE IS YOURS
by Sam COYLE

Sibling rivalry ignites when Mia’s lesbian best friend Robin shows up for the weekend.

* ENGLISH – LGBT – CANADA – 13 min
* Year of production: 201

Review

The short starts with two very different sisters arguing, as usual, in their deceased father’s old cabin. When one sister’s bff – who has always had a crush on the older sister – joins them unexpectedly, insecurities and marriage troubles begin to complicate things even further. But at least it opens the way for much needed bonding and communication.