Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 219: Wed Aug 7

Go Fish (Troche, 1994): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 8.45pm

This 35mm presentation, also being screened on August 26th (details hereis part of the Nineties season at BFI Southbank. Full details here

Chicago Reader review:
One of the delightful things about Rose Troche's stylish, low-budget, filmed-in-Chicago black-and-white lesbian comedy (1994) is that its characters all register as real people, even when bits of the dialogue are stiff or some of the lip sync is off. This isn't a movie about lesbians; it's a movie about these lesbians, and we're likely to think of them afterward as if they were people we knew. As in the better American underground movies of the 60s, which this sometimes resembles, the youthfulness and the footloose free spirit—evident in everything from the performances to Ann T. Rossetti's shooting style to Brendan Dolan and Jennifer Sharpe's jazz score to the breezy rhythmic stretches bridging narrative sequences—keep it bouncing along like a clear spring day. (And though the characters vary in age, there's a clear note of shared adolescent braggadocio in the way that sex and romance here only become real after they're talked about.) Written and produced by Troche in collaboration with Guinevere Turner, the younger of the two romantic leads (the other is V.S. Brodie), this movie dives into fantasy and stylized internal monologues with the same aplomb it brings to the buildup to a hot date.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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