Marion Hill directs delicate and honest romantic drama
Ma Belle, My Beauty excels in its visual storytelling, which blends beautifully with a lively acoustic score and talented actors.
Idella Johnson and Hannah Pepper are exceptional and are very well suited to bringing writer-director Marion Hill’s vision to life for My beautiful, my beautiful. Johnson in particular is breathtaking and one to watch. A real star in the making. The film itself is lovely. It’s not quite perfect, but it’s still a sumptuous little indie that makes good use of the French countryside. My beautiful, my beautiful excels in its visual storytelling, which is beautifully paired with a lively acoustic score and talented actors.
Bertie (Johnson) is a beautiful and free-spirited woman with an angelic voice. Everything should be fine for her, but it isn’t. Currently living with her husband Fred (Lucien Guignard) in France, Bertie lost his illusions after the death of his mother and the disappearance of his partner Lane (Hannah Pepper). After collapsing on top of her and her husband’s group once more, Fred reaches out to Lane. As soon as Lane appears in the south of France, Bertie’s unresolved feelings ignite. Some of these feelings turn to jealousy when Lane meets an artist named Noa (Sivan Noam Shimon).
The French countryside is beautifully captured in the film, the locals are lively and welcoming, and it seems like a dream to call this place home. Old houses and castle ruins scattered across the land tie viewers to a distant past that still clings to relevance. The noises of people chatting and laughing until late at night can pretty much lighten up anyone’s mood. Director Marion Hill does a lot with little to transport audiences to this place and be with these characters through effective visual storytelling and sound design. It’s like Hill is an integrated documentary maker in a bustling community and just saw an interesting story unfold on her camera. To this end, My beautiful, my beautiful is a slice-of-life story, which means viewers meet these characters well in their story and the film doesn’t have a solid conclusion, as audiences have immersed themselves in that moment to get a glimpse of what’s going on with Bertie. and her two lovers.
Hill does well not to force his audience to tell the story of this group. Informal conversations between the characters reveal that the three were in a polyamorous relationship – in particular, Bertie was dating Lane and Fred, who weren’t in love with each other. Although Lane and Fred never get romantic and remain in a platonic friendship, there is mutual respect. For those unfamiliar with polyamory, this is perhaps the simplest portrayal that doesn’t try to justify or judge any of these characters’ choices. Simply put, consenting adults can do whatever they want with other consenting adults, as long as the boundaries are respected. (Obviously there is a little more than that and you have to look for reliable sources to find out more if there are any questions).
What is beautiful about this film is the delicate and honest portrayal of people struggling with their emotions and not necessarily solving their problems the “right” way. A lot of people are Bertie, racking up difficult emotions, pulling back and not looking for help. Many are Fred, outsourcing help, trying to overcome any inconvenience with a smile on their face for the sake of those who matter to them. And a lot of people are Lane, just turning away, running away, and being somewhat reckless with other people’s feelings. My beautiful, my beautiful captures the difficulty of being there for others and dealing with challenges, large or small. This movie is not just a love story, it’s a love story.
The movie isn’t quite perfect, and that’s good. So much indicates that Hill is well on the way to becoming a sought-after filmmaker. However, the film lacks that little extra something. He could have used a little more dialogue, a little more action, and a little more complicated relationship drama just to reach his full potential. While the movie doesn’t quite stick to Landing, it goes beyond simply being a true description of the LGBTQ + experience, in a way that goes beyond the typical phase of self-discovery. . These characters are good in their lives as queer people, and their story isn’t all about the struggles of being queer. The film taps into what many queer narratives fail to do, which is to explore the very universal experiences that come with being a human with feelings.
The leaders are fully realized women, with a depth and spirit that are not constrained by traditional societal expectations. Hill’s intention is clear and her impact is deeply felt, so despite all of the narrative weaknesses, the film is mandatory for anyone looking for more positive, contemporary tales of queer women. My beautiful, my beautiful may have its flaws, but Hill makes up for it with a skillful hand in dealing with his depiction of depression, the complexity of relationships – in particular, a polyamorous relationship – and the feeling of being ostracized in a community unlike you. Hill’s film is authentic to the experiences of its characters, but is also an honest reflection of what many may feel and experience.
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My beautiful, my beautiful opened in theaters on August 20, 2021 in Los Angeles and New York City, with an expansion on August 27. It lasts 93 minutes and is unrated.
- My beautiful, my beautiful (2021)Release Date: August 20, 2021
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