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The Owls


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Product Description

Ten years ago, The Screech was the hottest lesbian band around. But the mighty musicians have fallen into relative obscurity and unanticipated turmoil. Iris (Guinevere Turner) dreams of a comeback and drinks too much. MJ (VS Brodie) is her ex, but neither of them can quite let go. Former bandmate Lily (Lisa Gornick), and her partner Carol (Cheryl Dunye), aren't getting along - so, naturally, they're trying to have a child together.

A pool party goes horribly wrong, as a shocking event knocks these longtime friends and lovers even further out of orbit. Generations collide with dangerous results for these Older, Wiser Lesbians or "OWLs".

Using a unique blend of narrative and documentary, the group behind the production may be just as revolutionary as the format: a collective banded together to explore a dynamic filmmaking process by creating a landmark lesbian film in just three weeks. (from Frameline/SFILGBTFF)

All-Star Sapphic Cast including:
Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman, The Stranger Within)
Lisa Gornick (Tick Tock Lullaby)
Guinevere Tuner (Go Fish, American Psycho)
V.S. Brodie (Go Fish)
Deak Evgenikos (The Itty Bitty Titty Committee)

Review

EXCITING, FRESH! An experimental narrative tour de force. --San Francisco Examiner

Harks back to Dunye's first feature, 'The Watermelon Woman,' marking a return to roots. --Variety

Surprising...unexpectedly effective! --Next Magazine

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Product Details

  • Actors: Cheryl Dunye, Lisa Gornick, Guinevere Turner, V.S. Brodie, Deak Evgenikos
  • Directors: Cheryl Dunye
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GIKVHO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,648 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"The Owls" may be targeted as a niche film and, while I'm surely not its intended audience, I still found this post-modern experimental film to be of surprising interest. Unfolding as somewhat of a thriller, this tale of Older Wiser Lesbians unravels with conventional narrative, character confessionals, and actors breaking the fourth wall to discuss their roles. That's a lot of hats for a 66 minute feature film to wear--but surprisingly, it is this anything may happen abandon that keeps things lively. For those that follow the genre, there are plenty of familiar faces--but there is one true star performance at the heart of the movie. The always reliable Guinevere Turner all but devours the scenery in a fiercely refreshing and funny lead role.

"The Owls" centers around an ensemble of four lesbian friends harboring a guilty secret. A party went awry resulting in a tragedy that the ladies have conspired to cover up. When an enigmatic stranger appears, the delicate and precarious balance of this quartet is upended--and mysteries will certainly be exposed before all is over. Turner, at the center of the maelstrom, plays a former singer of some repute grappling with alcoholism and middle-aged angst. It is a dynamically appealing performance and an aspect of the film that I absolutely loved!

This certainly isn't big budget filmmaking and the limitations are apparent. But the film addresses questions of sexuality, age, gender identity, race and other sociological issues within the context of a fairly intriguing mystery. I enjoyed this film a great deal and admired the experimental and collaborative nature of the work. An easy recommendation if you fall into the targeted demographic--but I really think this will appeal to anyone who loves independent film. KGHarris, 3/11.
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Even though the promotion calls this movie an experimental movie, the point where the cast begins talking in their own voices about their characters and processes makes it clear that the director ran out of funding and couldn't produce a full length movie. The main storyline is compelling enough. Two lesbian couples converge on a house where a tragedy happened ten years previous. It's obvious from the first scene that there is a dead girl involved. Another butch woman shows up and starts acting suspicious like she knows more than she lets on.

While this kind of drama is pretty straightforward, the characters talking to the screen and giving their views of the events makes for some interesting viewing. So you see the event on one side of the screen and see the people telling their thoughts on the other.

Yet, the movie clocks in at 66 minutes and at least 15 of those minutes are either the cast talking about their process or the sequence at the end where everyone discusses their identities in terms of gender and sexual orientation. They also talk about how there is a process in making a movie. There are other points where the forward momentum of the story stops to talk about "the struggle" and Audre Lorde, which could be insightful concerned the character feeling old and abandoned, but mostly just seems like a sermon for the audience.

While both the documentary of making a movie and the thriller have value, mashing them up together does neither movie any favors. One wishes that the director had more resources to make a full length feature instead of a 45 minute Hitchcock tribute within a political tract.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Regalado on May 13, 2011
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I expected so much more from Cheryl Dunye...this movie is just what the title of the subject I chose is.."blah"..The best part of the movie was the END.

overall, I am not impressed.
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