|Cloudburst at Polari|
|Friday, 05 October 2012 06:03|
By Juan Molina
Cloudburst was presented as the opening film of the Polari festival, formerly aGLIFF - the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival. Sporting a star cast (including two Academy Award Winners), great writing and an acclaimed director (Thom Fitzgerald), it should by all rights have a mainstream release in its future. In an early scene, Stella (Olympia Dukakis) narrates a sunset to her blind partner of 31 years, Dottie (Brenda Fricker); when Dottie asks Stella to describe what she sees in the clouds, Stella replies "two nuns and a beagle riding a donkey." That's the movie in brief. Stella and Dottie are far from nuns; Stella's brazen humor and pluck drive this road movie that, despite parodic parallels to "Thelma and Louise", does not drive off a cliff. Dottie falls off the bed and sprains her ass while Stella is tickling her with a vibrator, prompting Dottie's aggressively oblivious grand-daughter to dupe her into signing documents that commit Dottie to a nursing home. Stella, enraged, breaks Dottie out; thus begins a romantic journey to Canada where the two can legally marry. On the way they pick up a solitary male hitchhiker (newcomer Ryan Doucette), the second-act twist who turns out to be more than the J.D. to their Thelma and Louise, or the Tommy Williams to their Andy Dufresne and Red.
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Watch a clip from Cloudburst (WARNING!! There is vulgar language).