I’ve just added the movie June Again to the recommendations on my Good Viewing page…just in time for weekend viewing, perhaps? There’s a plethora – some might say an inundation – of things to watch so I’ll tell you why I think this film is worth your attention.
How many times have you seen any form of printmaking featured in a movie? I thought so. Me neither. I am delighted to report that screen printing plays an important supporting role in this film. No kidding. What a surprise! It’s not many movies where an art form is integral to a plot, and certainly not printmaking. I’m not an experienced screen printer, but the studio scenes were convincing. It looked authentic to me.
This movie passes The Bechdel Test. It only takes three simple criteria to pass the test:
the film has
(1) two named female characters
(2) who talk to each other
(3) about something besides a man.
Seems easy, doesn’t it? It’s surprising (depressing? discouraging? frustrating?) how many movies don’t pass the test. June Again passes with flying colours.
This film springs from the question, “What if….?” I am always intrigued by this approach to storytelling. It’s a great question to ask in art, and in our lives, isn’t it? It reminds us there are a myriad of possible outcomes; it encourages imagination, creativity and expansion of thought, and hope.
I found June Again on the Kanopy streaming service, through my public library.
It sounds really great.
I look forward to hearing your response to it.
I haven’t heard of the Bechdel test before but I like and it would be handy. thanks for the tip on June Again. I’ll look for it. Right now I am watching the adaptations of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet. Such a fabulous writer. I think she is right up there with George Eliot. Both the books and the film pass the test, and, yes, with soaring colours.
Hear, hear for soaring colours!!!!