Girlfriend is surprisingly backward not only in the story that entangles its main character, but also in its characterization of women.
If the purpose of cinema is to advance society then most movies are sending us swirling. As far as being backward in its represntation of women- and apparently all women are alike-then I'm thrilled to know that women no longer stay in abusive relationships, feel trapped, go to incredible lengths to protect their children or use sex to manipulate those around them. I viewed this as a single story about individuals. My philosophy is that film is a voluntary act on the part of the audience. I agree to suspend disbelief to some extent so I can go on the journey. I don't have to be dragged kicking and screaming into it-but it is possible to lose me if it goes too far afield. This didn't lose me- perhaps because I had seen the trailer and gone online to establish the plausibility of this type of relationship prior to seeing the movie. The performances were organic, the cinemaography was incredible and the story was engaging. I found the conclusion more open-ended than damning of any segment of society.
Jul 24 - 09:33 AM