Politically correct Gay film gets high marks

Posted: August 24, 2011 in Events
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It sometimes pisses me off how critics in this country collectively lose their minds when a book, movie or other cultural expression suits the politically correct mood of the moment. A new Swedish feature film about lesbian love called “Kyss Mig” (Kiss Me) fits snugly in this category.

If this were a heterosexual love story about a man and a woman, instead of a film about two women who fall in love, it would have been universally panned as a turkey. Instead, this saccharine–sweet tale is given kid-gloves treatment and could even be nominated for an Oscar!

Director Alexandra-Therese Keining’s film is a Harlequin romance on celluloid. The plot is paper-thin: Mia (played by Liv Mjönes) is engaged to be married to Tim (Joakim Nätterqvist), when her heart starts to flutter helplessly upon meeting the liberated temptress Frida (Ruth Vega Fernandez). Mia tries to resist her inappropriate and unwelcome attraction to Frida but—guess what– in the end she realizes that she can’t live without her. The film critic of Expressen called this rose-tinted movie “a lovely melodramatic present to all incurable romantics, regardless of their orientation.”
Dagens Nyheter’s Johan Croneman had the honesty to note that the script has grave shortcomings but goes out of his way to say nice things, praising some of the performances and the cinematography. Similarly, Jeanette Gentele of Svenska Dagbladet likes the understated performances by several of the actors but notes the obvious inadequacies of the dialogue. Nevertheless, she comes to the curious conclusion that “Kiss Me” is a “convincing show about passion.”

Both of the country’s largest dailies gave the film four out of five possible stars. By any standard, this constitutes a strong endorsement and recommendation. Why is “Kiss Me” awarded such high marks?

The reason is obvious: Female film directors have historically found it more difficult than men to get funding for feature films, and very few movies are made anywhere about lesbian love. The film’s controversial topic could not be more politically correct in liberal-minded Sweden, and everyone naturally wants to encourage female directors to make up for misogynic sins of the past.

I can think of no other explanation for the generosity critics have shown this young director. Recommending “Kiss Me” to potential moviegoers is not positive, however; it is patronizing.

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  1. rs says:

    Well written film review

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