Bye Bye Blondie

Virginie Despentes
Writer/Director: Virginie Despentes (Photo credit: zigazou76)

Merci Emmanuelle Béart pour dépeindre une lesbienne sur le film.

Bye Bye Blondie. Starring Emmanuelle Beart and Beatrice Dalle as a pair of Sex Pistols-worshipping gals who try to rekindle an affair they began several decades earlier, the film is as cinematically freewheeling as it is emotionally sincere in its portrayal of a star-crossed couple struggling to make it together.


Directed by Virginie Despentes (famous french writer). It's more mainstream than her previous one (Baise moi !) but nevertheless very provocative. Provocative because it's a lesbian comedy, Virginie Despentes being herself a lesbian.

As for the film itself I had some hesitation: At first I didn't really believe the love story of the two main characters (B. Dalle & E. Béart), I thought that this was going to be another movie starring actresses who wanted to pander to lesbian audiences.

Portraying the main characters as teens:  Soko and Clara Ponsot. Two promising , attractive young actresses shed vibrancy and urgency to their respective roles.

I am most appreciative of the adult love story between the two adult female leads and of its inherent complexity. I don't need to see teenagers struggling to identify themselves.  I prefer to see what is real, as with what happens to us when we make choices that aren't always true to ourselves and what we to to reconcile this incongruity.
Frances is in a not loveless marriage of convenience, while Gloria seems to retain the impetuousness that landed her is the psych ward as a teen.

It is during the third act that we see the characters begin to switch roles as each woman comes to terms with the changes in her life.

The soundtrack is excellent with songs from Berurier Noir, La Souris Déglinguée, OTH, Metal Urbain... All in all this is not a very good film, a little flawed but that is not very important here. What counts is it’s freedom of speech and that's priceless.



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