The Lesbian Romance Collection: Peach & A Bitter Song/Butterfly Kiss/ The Watermelon Woman [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Peach & A Bitter Song:
  • Documentary "Lavender Limelight"
  • Revealing interviews and entertaining clips
  • Butterfly Kiss:
  • Photo gallery
  • Trailer gallery
  • The Watermelon Woman:
  • Interview with director Cheryl Dunye

Synopsis

The Watermelon Woman
The first film by and about an African-American lesbian, writer-director Cheryl Dunye's fantasy is a "mockumentary," focusing on recapturing the life and times of a fictionalized 1930s Hollywood actress. Dunye plays herself as a video store employee who yearns to be a director. She decides to make a documentary about Fae Richards (Lisa Marie Bronson), a forgotten African-American actress from the 1930s. Dunye discovers the woman, who often played degrading roles as a "mammy" in Hollywood films, was the secret lover of a white director, Martha Paige. Dunye interviews feminist historian Camille Paglia (playing herself), who explains Richards' career and its importance. While researching the project, Dunye falls in love with Diana (Guinevere Turner), a white customer. But her unceasing work on the film project interferes with her relationships with Diana and also with her friend and fellow video store employee Tamara (Valarie Walker). ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

Peach
Lucy Lawless stars in this dramatic short subject which predated her rise to fame as an action star on the television shows Hercules: The Legendary Adventures and Xena: Warrior Princess. Sal (Tania Simon) is a woman from New Zealand who is involved in a going-nowhere relationship with Mog (Joel Tobeck), a hulking brute who shows her little respect. A chance encounter with an easy-going female truck driver (Lawless) encourages Sal to take more chances in her life, symbolized by the purchase of a tasty but out-of-season peach. For video release, Peach was paired with another short subject featuring Lucy Lawless, A Bitter Song, in which she plays a nurse working with a young girl with emotional problems. Some video editions of the film include a third film, Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Butterfly Kiss
This unsettling variation on Thelma and Louise (1991) is an unusual and often macabre love story/black comedy about two peculiar women, played by Amanda Plummer and Saskia Reeves, who roam through Northern England on a killing spree. Plummer is Eunice, a tattooed, schizophrenic free spirit who is wandering in search of her recently departed lover, Judith. She leaves one gas station attendant dead when the person admits to not being Judith. But when she meets Miriam (Reeves), another gas station attendant who longs for love and attention, Eunice doesn't ask the fatal question. Strangely captivated by the eccentric woman, Miriam spends the night with Eunice and falls under her peculiar charm, Calling each other "Eu" and "Mi," they hit the road, where they murder anyone who gets in their way. Both women sense that their actions will ultimately bring about a tragic end, but their dedication to their cause (rebelling against men who trivialize and demean women everywhere) and their love for one another gives them the strength to carry on. Though Plummer's Eunice seems to have the upper hand through most of the film, it is the sacrifice that "Mi" makes for "Eu" that catches and holds the viewer at the conclusion of this bizarre little tale. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Cheryl Dunye - Cheryl
  • Guinevere Turner
    Guinevere Turner - Diana
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    Lisa Marie Bronson
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    Camille Paglia
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    Brian Freeman

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