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Making Grace


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C†††† Main Program: C+



Can lesbian couples have children?Sure, if they can find a male donor and Making Grace (2004) is the more interesting and entertaining than expected tale about what such a couple does to find who they think would be able to supply the best possible candidate so they would be able to have the most hopefully problem-free and healthy child possible.


Though much of the latter part of the program becomes as predictable as if it were a heterosexual couple having a baby, which might be the point, that does not stop the Catherine Gund work from tapering off too quickly.One of the other interesting aspects is the dual function of the segment where the search for the right man surfaces. Gundís camera is focused on how good looking and interesting the parade of men are or are not.Since we are talking lesbians, is it the kind of men some women would like to be able to be, is it about the kind of men gay men would like, is it about how nice and easy (pushover?) some of these men are or is it a look at a world of people that community could do without except when they want to become parents?Intended or not, the film is very ambiguous about this point and it makes for a sort of confused moment.


At the same time, it is a moment that raises even more questions about how normal is normal, or if what this couple is doing is right or wrong.Sure, they are seemingly good parents and will do a good job of raising their child, but is it that simple?We know if they sued the male donor for money, they could actually win the case because that is the way courts have ruled.Is that a threat to gay couples trying for their idea of the family of the future?This work never addresses it.Too bad, because they are important issues to consider, but the nearly 90 minutes is more interested in showing the happy family portrait.Is this naÔve?You be the judge.


The 1.33 X 1 image was shot on professional analog NTSC video, digitally stored or not and has the usual color and detail limits, including some softness throughout.The Dolby Digital 2.0 is simple stereo at best.Extras include Graceís epilogue, the trailer for this and four other First Run releases, resources, directorís text chatting about the work and text biography.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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