Film: Bogdan Theodor Olteanu, Several Conversations About a Very Tall Girl, 2018

By |2019-06-17T22:58:06-04:00June 6th, 2019|Country: |

Romania’s first lesbian film, a fresh take on a budding lesbian romance, and an exemplary, intelligent study of how class and other societal factors complicate grappling with one’s sexuality.


This is the first lesbian Romanian film, but it isn’t only interesting because of that. It’s a sexy, exciting and infuriating love story between a cynical big city film student who owns her lesbian identity and a shy young woman from the rural part of the country who is yet to come to terms with the intricacies of her sexuality. I’m the product of a couple with a similar disparity in their backgrounds, and while my parents are straight and a whole different story, I found the economic, class and societal disparity to be portrayed in a very effective way. There’s even a care package with home cooked meals that the small town girl receives from her parents and then awkwardly dismisses as a “sign of poverty”. These are such a big part of life for everyone who moves to the big city in Russia, that I almost cried from recognition and gratitude to the film’s crew. But there’s more! Inside the film is another one: the film student’s thesis about the simple everyday joys of a lesbian couple. And the women who play in it are the two lesbian women (and a real-life couple) who co-wrote the screenplay with the straight male director. So in addition to being an amazing film, it’s also a masterclass in how a majority creator can tackle minority issues with grace and respect: by collaborating with the minority creators.

Several Conversations About a Very Tall Girl
(Cateva conversatii despre o fata foarte inalta), 2018
Director: Bogdan Theodor Olteanu



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