That’s Not Us: Yet It Could Be Anyone

I didn’t have any preconceptions when I went to the opening of the Montreal LGBT festival. And that served me right.

Friday was a promising foretaste of what is unfolding until December 6th.

That’s not us could be summarized by the hashtag #relationshiproblems.

The film is not just another love story. Because that’s where Sullivan give us a beautiful lesson of love. Fire Island: end of the summer. Three couples get together to spend the week-end in a beach house. A gay, a lesbian and a straight couple. The supposedly last days of not getting worked up end up putting each of the relationship on a cliff edge. Haven’t had sex in months, leaving for two years to study, doesn’t want to be helped on how to ride a bike. Each relationship is unique, yet the problems remain the same. Communication remains the key for those six friends trying either to save their complicity or lay its foundation.

Alex was full of good intentions when she brought a rainbow sex toy to spice up the week end at the beach after months without sex with her girlfriend Jackie.

Spencer has been accepted to the University of Chicago, one of the best in the country, meaning he and James could be apart for two years. Easy-going and sociable, James is confused when faced with either being thrilled or devastated by Spencer’s decision to go. The young guy letting it all out on his fears about the couple’s future through a fence preventing the two men from touching each other gave me goosebumps.

Bringing up the universal out of the personal. Anyone could identify him/herself with this original description of a committed relationship. One of the most hilarious scenes of the movie depicts the six twenty-something friends talking freely about vaginas and crappy sexual experiences at dinner.

A summer breeze blowing out of the cinematographic window first makes it seem like another light and dopey movie on love and sex. Yet Sullivan’s piece comes as a refreshing film for the good reasons. A story gliding through the documentary’s absence of embellishment and fiction’s bracing ability to take flight can be everything but disappointing.

By reinventing the romantic comedy through the everyday problems of gay and lesbian couples, Sullivan takes up with verve the challenge of knocking down stereotypes on the LGBT community.


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