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Desiís Looking For A New Girl


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



The only Desi most people still know is Desi Arnaz (or his son), so it is with get irony that writer/director Mary Guzmanís Desiís Looking For A New Girl (2000) is titled and even starts with an ABC Afterschool Special-like opening between two Hispanic teens talking about a skateboarding boy who likes girls.Yes, one of the women happens to be named Desi in real life and the character gets the same name.The somewhat comic film about Latino Lesbian relationships subtly sends-up the heterosexual conventions of English-speaking media and how it has been addressing the Latino community since the late 1960s when public programming arrived.


The playful music between scenes is like a mockery of Sesame Street, a groundbreaking series undeniably, but one that cannot possibly address Lesbianism.From all of this, Guzman launches into the very real and natural world she wants to represent and does this with some degree of success.The addition of brief animation designed to approximate similar sections of such shows is also interesting.This comes out, intended or not, and shows Guzman has some character in what she is trying to show and say.The film only runs 74 minutes, but the tale of the all-female pursuit is nicely done, a labor of love and Guzman can direct.


The 1.33 X 1 full frame image was shot on film and the quality is sadly on the soft side, yet is a nicely shot film and cinematographer Sophie Constantinou did a remarkable job considering this film took seven years to make.Not that that is the production schedule, but independent films are not easy to make.The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is simple stereo at best, with no surround information, but is impressive enough for an independent production.The music choices are a plus, always enhancing the narrative and mood of the film, something other independent filmmakers could learn a thing or two about.Extras include a 21 minutes-long Mary Makes Movies piece that is nicely done, a terrific audio commentary by Guzman and co-producer Fontana Butterfield, and an 8 minutes-long that offers more than the original theatrical trailer.


There are people who will skip this film because it is about Lesbians and/or Latin persons, but that would be a serious mistake.The commentary track alone is a must for film fans and especially filmmakers, while the film itself has much heart and soul.No matter what you find in it yourself, Desiís Looking For A New Girl is more than worth a look!



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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