Effleurements: list of three movies with a lesbian undertone

When love strikes, some people are unable to express their feelings clearly. Either because the situation doesn’t allow it, or simply because their personality doesn’t lend itself to it. And when a veil of uncertainty comes to cover a fusional relationship, the resulting passion can reveals itself as both sublime and destructive. This is exactly the kind of dynamic I’ve found in these three romantic movies with a lesbian undertone, or a sapphic subtext in Certain Women. I’ll talk about them here because I’m in the mood to write such a post. I was tempted to add Lovesong in my list, but the film is not available yet. All the others have had a limited theatrical release.

Dual, also known as Dvojina, is a drama created by Nejc Gazvoda and Janez Lapajne. Here is a synopsis of the movie: Due to a weather problem, a plane from Denmark is forced to land at the Slovene airport. Amongst the passengers being taken to a hotel in Ljubljana is a beautiful Danish woman named Iben (Mia Jexen). There she meets Tina (Nina Rakovec) who drives a shuttle as a summer job. They both need each other but are very careful, because one of them is hiding a secret. They converse in English in and their native languages. Only one of the two languages has the so-called dual, a special grammatical form involving two subjects. The film is an honest story about two people who meet precisely when they shouldn’t have.


Skin Deep is an Australian drama written by Monica Zanetti and directed by Jonnie Leahy. This work is a heart warming urban adventure following Leah (portrayed by Zara Zoe), straight-laced and scared after being diagnosed with terminal melanoma, as she becomes lost and befriended by an unpredictable Newtown local girl named Caitlin Davies (Monica Zanetti). Their unlikely new friendship leads them on a tumultuous journey, where both are pushed beyond their comfort zones and finally decide to choose life… while they still can.


Certain Women is a slow-paced drama written and directed by Kelly Reichardt. The screeplay is based on short stories from Maile Meloy’s collection. The film drops us into a handful of intersecting lives across Montana. A lawyer tries to defuse a hostage situation and calm her disgruntled client, who feels slighted by a workers’ compensation settlement. A married couple breaks ground on a new home but exposes marital fissures when they try to persuade an elderly man to sell his stockpile of sandstone. A ranch hand (Lily Gladstone) forms an attachment to a young lawyer (Kristen Stewart), who inadvertently finds herself teaching a twice-weekly adult education class, four hours from her home.

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