Review: ‘Mary Marie’

Two adult sisters bond in quasi-incestuous intimacy after their mother's death in Alexandra Roxo's languorous femme-on-femme opus "Mary Marie."

Two adult sisters bond in quasi-incestuous intimacy after their mother’s death in Alexandra Roxo’s languorous femme-on-femme opus “Mary Marie.” Unfolding in a suspended, dreamlike state of resurrected childhood, the sisters’ enchanted summertime idyll is interrupted by the amorous attentions of a lanky country handyman (Tim Linden), and jealousy disturbs the siblings’ erotic symbiosis. Throughout this mainly plotless mood-piece, lenser Magela Crosignani’s palette of shifting textures and softly glowing colors creates a swoony aura that morphs according to its surroundings, from suffused daylight glancing off the grass to the smoky, bluish haze of a barroom dance floor. Striking-looking nanobudgeter could seduce niche arthouse auds.

Playing dress-up in their mother’s clothing, twirling with lighted sparklers at dusk, stealing pies off kitchen sills, sleeping and bathing together, and dancing cheek-to-cheek, Mary (Alana Kearns-Green) and Marie (helmer Roxo) move together encased in a kind of pre-Raphaelite time warp. Director Roxo’s fascination with retro stylings (she made a number of fashion videos) flowers in the hothouse ambiance of the dead mother’s house. Kearns-Green’s mannered blonde spaciness complements Roxo’s redheaded earthiness in a somewhat eerie manner, forecasting the murderous impulses that increasingly invade their realm.

Mary Marie

Production

A La Grenade Films production. Produced by Alexandra Roxo, Rachel Earnest, Alana Kearns-Green. Executive producers, Loukas Doukas, Kathryn Stoddard. Directed by Alexandra Roxo. Screenplay, Roxo, Alana Kearns-Green.

Crew

Camera (color, HD), Magela Crosignani; editor, Matteo Marchisano-Adamo; production designer, Tom Linden; costume designer, Emily Miller. Reviewed on DVD, New York, Aug. 8, 2011. (In NewFest.) Running time: 78 MIN.

With

Alana Kearns-Green, Alexandra Roxo, Tim Linden, Richard Kearns, Daniel Munro.

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