Twentygayteen has brought us some really wonderful films that feature lesbian, bi and queer women, and it’s not done yet. Snapshots
, a film that jumps between the past and the present, features a terrific cast and a love story you won’t want to miss. Need more? Here’s six reasons why you should check out this gem of a film.
1. Piper Laurie, y’all. Piper Laurie is one of the world’s finest actresses, and snagging her for this film was a big get. She’s picked up awards for her role as present day Rose, a woman in her 80s who is forced to face her past when her granddaughter develops a role of film that has been in Rose’s old camera for decades.
2. It’s a period piece done right. Fans of period pieces like Carol and those anxiously awaiting Tell It To the Bees, will love the late-50s early 60s setting. Louise and Rosie’s connection is something that pre-dates Stonewall and the gay rights and women’s rights movements. Theirs is a love that still dares not speak its name. It’s heartbreaking but realistic for the time. (You’ll want to keep some tissues handy.)
3. You’ll fall in love with Louise. Emily Goss is utterly captivating as Louise, a fiery red head and free spirit who was ahead of her time. Goss smolders in this role and had me diving into her IMDB to see what else she’d been in. Louise is immediately smitten with young Rosie (the lovely Shannon Collis), who she finds fishing by herself. She can sense a loneliness and longing in the tomboyish Rosie, and it calls out to her in a language that needs no words.
4. It has a great ensemble. You’ll see some familiar faces if you are a fan of Glee and Jane the Virgin including Brett Dier as Louise’s drummer husband, and Max Adler as Rosie’s affable husband, Joe.
5. It features three generations of women. In Snapshots (which was directed by the great Melanie Mayron), we spend time with three generations of the Muller family: Grandmother Rose, mom Patty and granddaughter Allison. Each carries their own heartaches and secrets, joys and triumphs.
6. The film is based on a true story. Snapshots is based on the real-life deathbed confession of writer Jan Miller Corran’s mother. Corran was surprised to learn that her mother had deeply loved a woman named Louise in the 1930s. Her story inspired the film. Corran has also produced lesbian centric films like AWOL, Raven’s Touch, and Anatomy of a Love Seen.
Snapshots is now available on VOD, iTunes, Amazon and wherever you get your movies.
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