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Queer Parents

A<B>teenage girl is thrown into crisis when her closeted mother's lesbian relationship becomes school gossip in Gallic telepic "Queer Parents." OK premise is hampered by heroine's nonstop sulks and tantrums, which quickly grow tiresome. Beyond French-language small screen slots, competently made pic is of minor gay-fest interest.</B>

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With: Louise Monot, Elisabeth Bourgine, Lucas Bonnifait, Fanny Florido, Donatienne Dupont, Julie Fournier, Samuel Labarthe.

A teenage girl is thrown into crisis when her closeted mother’s lesbian relationship becomes school gossip in Gallic telepic “Queer Parents.” OK premise is hampered by heroine’s nonstop sulks and tantrums, which quickly grow tiresome. Beyond French-language small screen slots, competently made pic is of minor gay-fest interest.

Pretty Olympe (Louise Monot) is edging toward a first romance with adoring Leo (Lucas Bonnifait). A jealous classmate thinks she’s “stolen” the boy’s affections, however, and retaliates by mouthing off about Olympe’s mother Martine (Elisabeth Bourgine) and female flatmate Do (Donatienne Dupont). Latter has been living with mother and daughter for two years, yet skittish Martine still hasn’t spelled out the nature of their relationship to Olympe. Naturally, the normal turbulence of adolescence is heightened by these circumstances — but as written/played, teen heroine is so resentful and bratty that the viewer is more likely to feel annoyance than empathy. “I’ve been such an idiot” she admits after an overblown climax (involving motorcyclists, suicide fears and near-gang rape) brings her to her senses. Indeed she has. Support perfs and tech package are pro.

Queer Parents

France

Production: An M6 and Pierre Javaux Prods. presentation. Produced by Pierre Javaux. Executive producer, Alain Sens Cazenave. Directed by Laurence Katrian. Screenplay, Sandra Joxe.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Myriam Vincour; music, Kraked; production designer, Bertrand L'Herminer. Reviewed at San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Festival, June 28, 2003. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: With: Louise Monot, Elisabeth Bourgine, Lucas Bonnifait, Fanny Florido, Donatienne Dupont, Julie Fournier, Samuel Labarthe.

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