A film about finding love, making a film and losing 20 pounds for real this year.
Review from Movies OVER The Rainbow, written by Ali Naro – http://www.moviesovertherainbow.com/lesbian-films/whos-afraid-vagina-wolf/
Starring – Anna Margarita Albelo, Guinevere Turner, Janina Gavankar, Agnes Olech, Carrie Preston, Celeste Pechous
Directed by Anna Margarita Albelo
“Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?” Well, I’m not. I thought this film was wonderful. I’m afraid of Virginia Woolf though. That woman was a scary, drunk bitch. Not the writer. The scary drunk, bitch I’m referring to is Martha (brilliantly played by Elizabeth Taylor) from the film “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” A film I have a hard time watching because Martha and her husband, George, and their distaste and treatment of each other reminds me way too much of my parents and their lovely marriage. So anyway, back to “Vagina Wolf” which is a refreshing film that is fun and thought-provoking and it was so nice to have a movie where the lead is not only female, not only lesbian, not only looks like a normal, everyday human being, but is also middle age. And she walks around in half of the movie in a vagina costume. You either have to be brave or nuts to do that. Or both. I hope they paid her extra for wearing a vagina costume.
So the vagina wearing lead is Anna (Anna Margarita Albelo) who also wrote and directed this film. And I have a feeling it is biographical in many ways. Anna just turned 40, lives in her friend’s garage and has the same three goals every birthday but never accomplishes even one of them – lose 20 pounds, make a movie, and get a girlfriend. But amore inspires her with a hot chickie la la named Katia Amour (get it?) that she meets at a screening of one of her short films that she made years ago when her career was going somewhere. So Anna sits down and writes a movie just so she has an excuse to work with her muse, Katia, and maybe along the way find the guts to ask her out. And the movie Anna writes is based on the film “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” except this time with women in all the parts. So does Anna make her movie? Ask out Katia? And find love at last? And lose 20 pounds? You have to watch the film to find out.
I liked the honesty and realism of the characters in this movie, especially Anna who we got to see warts and all with her chain smoking, alcoholic tendency drinking and insecurity that is smothering her life. None of the people in the film were perfect and that’s what I liked about them so much.
And I LOVED Guinevere Turner doing Elizabeth Taylor doing Martha from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Go see that movie first if you can. It makes the hilarity of how wonderfully ridiculous the part of Martha really is even more obvious when you see Turner take a turn at it.
P.S.: I just know one day I’m going to be talking about the film “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and I’ll mistakenly call it “Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?” instead. That will probably get me some interesting looks and possibly a lovely weekend stay at a mental hospital. Wouldn’t be the first time.