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great film., very funny.
This film is beautifully shot and brings you up close with its characters in every way. It is refreshing and real and brings so much out of each actors performance I wonder if they felt almost naked even when wearing clothes.The film dwells in a sense of awkwardness for large stretches of time. I think awkward is a useful feeling for an audience for only so long. After a while I felt the need to shut down, tired from feeling awkward. Luckily there is relief, with some wonderful moments of humour and a sweet final scene resolution.While each character was convincing and real, I couldn't relate to the mother and daughter interactions. Even a manipulative mother would be more in tune with their daughter, even if only to further their hold over her.I also wondered about the lead female characters relationship to her flat mate. Was this resolved? Was he kind or taking advantage or both? What was the film trying to say about the older male and young woman dynamic? With the #metoo conversation in full swing raising these questions only to leave them open is a bit confusing, why raise them at all if so?This a valuable film, an ambitious film and again a very beautiful film. I think it's story tellers have the potential to go even further.
Sitting in the darkness watching the film’s final shot I stared into myself. The feelings evoked were uncanny. It was the back chamber of my mind watching cars on a highway. It was staring at cloud, wondering what I should do. This film tells a story of a searcher and as I watched her journey I saw echoes of myself. We hide how lost we often feel but the quiet, haziness of it is there under our skin. This film patiently walks that ground and shares space with a young dreamer. ‘You Can Say Vagina’ is a film that knows how you feel. The pacing is slow but assured. Improv is clearly used in performance and is both disarming and effective.
I feel like it’s rare to see a film that manages to accomplish everything it set out to achieve, regardless of which end of the filmmaking spectrum it sits on - glossy, high-budget action franchises or experimental, independent fare - but YCSV does just this. It feels like it knows what it is, what it wants to be, and what it’s doing, every step of the way. Every scene holds some sort of joyful surprise, and every performance feels grounded and special and unique. An overall wonder.
I really enjoyed this movie, made rich with all of it’s oddities & eccentricities. It made me laugh out loud at many moments, whilst at other moments I sat quietly reflecting on the confusing transition into adulthood for a woman who has grown up with a mentally ill mother. For me, it explored mental health, poverty, boundaries, intimacy and sexual in- and disinhibition. In particular, the undies dance spoke to me about the performative nature that sex can take on, disappointingly unable to inspire the connection actually desired. Initially the film feels more like a compilation of interesting character vignettes - a small world of domestic comfort created by the protagonist, or perhaps a familiar reliving of her prior insulated life - but gains momentum to form a satisfying story arch. Great work Mischa & Siobhan!
A daring, refreshing and bold insight into the complexities of human emotion, awkwardness and yearning to belong and find self expression. I loved the feeling of being an intimate witness to a distilled pulsating presence of discomfort, joy and tenderness. The sound intensified this for me having its own body, with apt rhythms , timing and humour that the actors also brilliantly possessed. The absence of an external soundtrack heightened the poignancy of an unapologetic raw sound recalling true life, rather than opting for a sentimental manipulative soundtrack. You Can Say Vagina took me on a journey that met a reappearing precipice; unpredictable, everpresent and raw.
A joy of a film. Such a great balance of comedy and tension. Filled with hope and longing. Raw, tender, hilarious. I loved this film and will be telling everyone to see it. Too few films deal with what it is to be human, and fragile and You Can Say Vagina does that and does it so well. Hoping to see it picked up in many, many festivals.
This intimate comedy has many 'moving' parts. There's physical comedy, funny dialogue and, then there are parts that move on another emotional level making me feel enormous sympathy for the main characters and particularly Lucy/Ruby who has escaped, at least temporarily, from her unforgiving, truculent mother. She's looking for her own space to stretch and find confidence and friendship. The style is super fresh with sincere portrayals of people living out their quirks, their awkward moments showing their difficulty navigating battles with their their inner voices, desires and expectations to find their place the world - and the place is simply the here and now and adapting to, or being emboldened by, whatever it serves up. The direction uses a curious blend of close-ups and wider observational camera work and staging that can make me feel like I'm a passerby getting a peek into someone's world and at other times drawn into their more fragile moments like a confidant sitting next them. The big screen suits this style of film making. I prefer to watch this kind of film in a dark room with no distractions, to fall into its charm, rather than on my iPad at home being surrounded by interruptions and domestic racket. So, I hope it plays on some large screens for some time to come before it's on the whatever-Tube. The cast did a great job working with the inventive nature of the narrative. The performances of the main three were particularly impressive. I had no expectations and thoroughly enjoyed the humour and the honesty. I'm giving it 5 stars because I don't like to see one star left unpainted, dull and grey and looking lonely.
Such beautiful tender performances, lovely languid cinematography and wonderful story of a young woman's sexual awakening. Just loved the way it crept under my skin and kept me on the edge of my seat. Yay Ruby, what a wonderful character. Good luck getting the film seen widely as it so rightly deserves.
From the very first shot I was completely sucked in to the world of Lucy. I absolutely loved the editing, pacing, raw acting and the way the documentary filmmaking style that made me feel like I was a fly on the wall in a real person’s life. The lead actor Lucy was outstanding and made us laugh and cry through her honest and vulnerable acting in every moment. Would love to see the film played at festivals around the world as it captures a rare insight into ordinary yet unbelievable moments of life in modern Australia.