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Trigger and Tomboy Make Great Lesbian-Themed Thanksgiving Weekend Viewing

Trigger and Tomboy Make Great Lesbian-Themed Thanksgiving Weekend Viewing

If you’re not the football or Thanksgiving special or Black Friday type this Thanksgiving weekend is actually a really strong one for viewing lesbian-themed films with the DVD release of Trigger, about girl rockers who reunite years after their heyday, and with the theatrical release of Tomboy, the acclaimed French film that explores gender identity. Trigger, directed by Bruce McDonald, stars Deadwood’s, and most recently Dexter’s, Molly Parker as Vic, who’s a lesbian, and Tracy Wright as Kat, in her final role.

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If you’re not the football or Thanksgiving special or Black Friday type this Thanksgiving weekend is actually a really strong one for viewing lesbian-themed films with the DVD release of Trigger, about girl rockers who reunite years after their heyday, and with the theatrical release of Tomboy, the acclaimed French film that explores gender identity.

Trigger, directed by Bruce McDonald, stars Deadwood’s, and most recently Dexter’s, Molly Parker Kat and Tracy Wright as lesbian rocker Vic, in her final role. Wright died of pancreatic cancer in June 2010.

The film was nominated for four Genie Awards including two for best actress and received a special citation from the Toronto Film Critics’ Association.

Former band mates Vic and Kat “reunite to perform at a women in rock benefit show. After a wild night of reminiscing, reconnecting and true confessions the pair face the dawn and the true nature,” according to the DVD cover.

Order Trigger on DVD at Wolfe Releasing here.

 

Director Céline Sciamma, whose first film Water Lilies has become a modern classic of lesbian cinema, delivers a beautifully rendered study of a 10-year-old girl pushing the boundaries of gender identity in Tomboy, which was released in New York on Nov. 16, hits theaters in Los Angeles on Nov. 25, and will continue with a national roll-out -- so be sure to look for it!

The acclaimed film has garnered awards at film fests worldwide including at The Berlin International Film Festival, Newfest and The San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film Fest.

Here’s the film’s plot according to a release:

A French family with two daughters, ten-year-old Laure (Zoé Heran) and six-year-old Jeanne (Malonn Lévana), moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays. With her Jean Seberg haircut and tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids and decides to pass herself off as Mikael, a boy like the others but different enough to catch the attention of leader of the pack Lisa (Jeanne Disson) who becomes smitten with him. At home with her parents (Mathieu Demy and Sophie Cattani) and girlie younger sister she is Laure; while hanging out with her new pals and girlfriend, she is Mikael. Finding resourceful ways to hide her true self Laure takes advantage of her new identity as if the end of the summer would never reveal her unsettling secret.  

In her New York Times review of the film Manola Dargis wrote, “You’re watching Ms. Sciamma explore the divide between sex and gender, and whether people are hard-wired or socially conditioned.”

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.