Alike (Adepero Oduye) is many things to many people, perched precariously on the precipice of different worlds. To Arthur, her quietly enabling father, she’s the son he’ll never have. To Audrey (Kim Wayans), her austere mother, she’s a curfew defying, non-conformist spending too much time with Laura. To Laura, Alike is everything she just plain wants. For Bina, she’s just the perfect baby butch for a fling – or possibly more. However, the only Alike who matters is the one teetering on the brink of adulthood. Juggling harnesses and heartbreak, Alike must determine the difference between running – and choosing to be free.
Director/writer Dee Rees’ dazzling feature-length debut is a grown-up version of her eponymous short film. A protégé of Spike Lee (among the producers of the film), Rees’ daringly erotic and sensitive multifaceted drama relies on Bradford Young’s palette of primary colours to heighten the intensity of Alike’s interior world. Eyde Belasco’s brilliant cast breathes sumptuous life into Rees’ edgy portrayal of black lesbian sexualities. In a queer cinema-scape parched for complex representations of butch-femme relationships, Pariah is Precious (lite) meets The Colour Purple in this near-perfect, poignant coming-of-age piece for the sexting generation. – B. Pereira
- Presented in collaboration with TD.
Thursday 22 November 19:00 | PGM
Cinéma du Parc