Making Grace

<B>Mommy, mommy, and baby make three in "Making Grace," a slick video-diary account of one female couple's path to and through pregnancy. Surprise! Their odyssey isn't so different from most (heterosexual) people's first-child experiences. Which renders Catherine Gund's latest docu of limited interest, though it should serve nicely as a primer for lesbian partners considering the same leap. Gay fest play, possible educational TV gigs and home sales are signaled.</B>

Mommy, mommy, and baby make three in “Making Grace,” a slick video-diary account of one female couple’s path to and through pregnancy. Surprise! Their odyssey isn’t so different from most (heterosexual) people’s first-child experiences. Which renders Catherine Gund’s latest docu of limited interest, though it should serve nicely as a primer for lesbian partners considering the same leap. Gay fest play, possible educational TV gigs and home sales are signaled.

Ann Krsul and Leslie Sullivan are Manhattan white-collar professionals around 40. They are comfortably settled in a house outside the city and quite sure they’ll be spending the rest of their lives together. Baby talk advances to asking a longtime friend if he’ll be the sperm donor. When he can’t decide (though he later gladly takes on “uncle” duties), they go the anonymous-donor route. Ann will carry to term; after birth she’ll go back to her (more lucrative) architectural job, while Leslie becomes a stay-at-home mom. Former’s incessant doubts, worries and complaints require almost as much patience from viewers as from even-tempered spouse. Straightforward portrait ends with healthy baby Grace — joined soon afterward by a little brother. Tech aspects are OK.

Making Grace

Production: An Aubin Pictures production. Produced, directed by Catherine Gund.

Crew: Camera (color, video), Gund, Claudia Raschke-Robinson; editors, Ajernon Tunsil, Gund; music, Paul Armstrong. Reviewed on videocassette, San Francisco, June 31, 2004. (In San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.) Running time: 87 MIN.

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