**** In Venezuelan Spanish with English Subtitles ****
Eva (Eloisa Maturen) is a straight married woman who's recently lost her young son. Her marriage is on shaky ground and all her losses and grieving seem to propel her to the land of Lesbos for some sexual healing. Her car breaks down and she finds herself with nowhere else to stay except Margot's seaside hotel, which is currently filled with a group of lesbian friends on vacation. She doesn't make a great first impression as a bratty straight girl busting in on this lesbian haven...
Despite barely managing her worsening illness, Liz reverts to her womanizing ways and makes straight girl's presence more appealing when she bets her buds she'll bed her within three days. A sweet friendship ensues and these two offer sensual comfort through the best and worst of times.
I wish I could completely rave about this film. It speaks of the healing powers women share with each other. The two leads are beautiful and actually have decent chemistry-- Patricia Velasquez (Liz, the brunette) is even an out lesbian in real life, which is very awesome. The acting is pretty good, and who doesn't find the Spanish language sexy?? The beach retreat setting was gorgeous. The plot may sound very melodramatic... and yet it didn't bleed with angst or depress me. The ending was bittersweet and yet hopeful. But I just wasn't terribly moved by this drama on any level. I mean, I liked it and enjoyed the eye candy and it's better than some of our other movies, but it didn't delve too deeply into anything. So I didn't find myself particularly excited or sad about anything. And I think it coulda been a beautiful love story without all the terminal illness. You've got a tropical setting, a colony of pretty lesbians and a juicy straight girl for the taking... and you wanna dump a DOUBLE DOSE of cancer all over that?! WHY?!
Because seriously. Must our stories always end this way?! There are COUNTLESS happy-ending lesbian stories being published these days... why are filmmakers so determined to pick/write the sad ones?! This one is actually based on a 1980 play by Jane Chambers called "Last Summer at Bluefish Cove." Yes, 1980. I don't care if it's considered a "classic"... I'm so over the miserable classics and this line of thinking that we aren't allowed to be happy!! I wish filmmakers were looking toward the future instead of dwelling on the past to tell our stories. More fun and positivity and lesbians who aren't synonymous with tragedy, please...
Besides cancer, and more cancer... there is some primal roadside het sex I could have done without. There is one F/F sex scene as well. Some nudity. Motherhood is a valued experience here but no children dominate the scenes. All the lesbian friends had their own issues and dreams and lives... but none of that was developed much.
Patricia Velasquez has a fashion model history and you may recognize her as Anck-Su-Namun from the Mummy franchise and Begoña from S5 of The L Word. She's a hot, womanizing tomboy dyke here who rides a motorcycle... very nice to look at. But so is the straight girl, Eva. :)
Despite my complaints, this is still a sweet story and worth watching. But I wouldn't watch it again or buy it.