Fulvue Drive-In.com
Current Reviews
In Stores Soon
In Stores Now
DVD Reviews, SACD Reviews Essays Interviews Contact Us Meet the Staff
An Explanation of Our Rating System Search  
Category:    Home > Reviews > Comedy > Drama > Age > Lesbianism > Road Movie > Cloudburst (2011/Wolfe DVD)

Cloudburst (2011/Wolfe DVD)


Picture: B     Sound: C     Extras: C     Film: B+



Stella and Dotty have been lesbians living together for 31 years, but after Dot's granddaughter tries to put Dot into a nursing home, they decide to take a road trip to Canada where they can legally get married.  Along the way, they pick up a penniless male dancer hitchhiker, Prentice who learns more about love and lesbians than he ever wanted.  Together, they teach that no love is too late nor is it too far to go in Thom Fitzgerald’s Cloudburst (2011).


Not just a drama or melodrama, this is a hilarious road trip journey about two grandma lesbians on the run for the sake of love.  Dotty (Brenda Fricker) is blind and in her declining years relies on the tough as nails, fowled mouthed swearing Stella (Olympia Dukakis) who will do anything to keep them together.  After breaking Dot out of the nursing home, they make a run for Canada where they can get married, but Stella, being paranoid they get caught, picks up the an eccentric young hot male dancer, Prentice to help get them across the border.  Needless to say this was before all the gay marriage controversy took its latest turns, but that does not date the film one bit. 


This was a touching, funny and inspirational movie for lesbians and the non-lesbians.  While there are no hot-lesbian-girls-having-sex-scenes, there still is a bit of amusing nudity.  This film is about a love story of what gays and lesbians have to endure. While marriage is not allowed in some states, the can still live together, but after a lifetime of being in hiding it is worth it to come out ...even if it is just for a day, like a beautiful cloudburst, to enjoy that moment of beauty and freedom.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image looks terrific and was shot in the Super 35mm format (3-perf version) on Fuji film, one of the last films that will ever be made like that since Fuji has ceased making motion picture film.  The lossy Dolby Digital sound is mostly talking, so it is not very strong, but it is well recorded.  Extras include interviews with actors, behind the scenes and trailers.



-   Ricky Chiang


 Copyright © MMIII through MMX fulvuedrive-in.com