After a long vacation I’m back and it would seem I’ve arrived just in time because come June 3 on ABC Family, ‘The Fosters’ will begin its first season. Since the cancellation of the L Word, there has not been a lesbian-themed drama on American television or cable. There has been in recent times an influx of lesbian characters and couples on Prime-time TV that have graced our screens. Some of even gained our admiration for the direction and handling of the characters on these shows, as opposed to the usual frustrations of an early kill off, turned suddenly straight or any of the numbers of bad storylines we – the public – have been subjected too.
So it was with great skepticism and apprehension that I approached the first rumblings of a lesbian hour-long drama in the pipeline. Then I got wind of the premise of the show and my interest peaked a bit more because in its history, Prime-time or cable have never been offered their viewers and especially viewers with my interest the chance to view the inner workings of a lesbian family.
So is the story behind ABC Family’s new one hour drama The Fosters. Headed by Executive Producer Jennifer Lopez and her production company Nuyorican Productions.
Lena and Stef are the Fosters; a bi-racial lesbian couple who are raising a biological son along with several other adoptive children. Lena is an altruistic school principal, who is determined to save children. She decides to take in Callie, a “troubled” teen with an abusive past whose ways will turn the family lives upside down. Stef is a tough yet kind police officer who isn’t as eager to add to their family. Lena tries to introduce new children to the family, not always with Stef’s knowledge. (wikipedia)
The Fosters is set to premiere on Monday June 3 9/8c and will star Teri Polo and Sherri Saum as Stef and Lena Foster.
CURRENT LESBIAN-THEMED SHOWS AND CHARACTERS
Glee (Fox), Grey Anatomy (ABC), Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family), Lost Girl (Sci-Fi, Showcase), Chicago Fire (NBC), American Horror Story: Asylum (FX), The Good Wife (CBS), The Simpsons (FOX), Archer (FX), Degrassi: The Next Generation (TeenNick), True Blood (HBO), Orphan Black (BBC America), White Collar (USA).
Leaving the small screen we turn our attention to the just concluded Cannes Film Festival, where something magical has just occurred. For the first time in its history a film, “La vie d’Adèle – Chapitres 1 et 2,” (Blue is the Warmest Colour), based on a comic book has won the coveted Palme d’Or beating 19 other films.
Julie Maroh’s Le Bleu est une couleur chaude (“Blue is a hot color”) the 2010 graphic novel it is loosely based on is slated for US release later this year.
Blue is the Warmest Colour is a French drama written and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, starring 19-year-old Greek-French actress Adèle Exachopoulos as a 15-year-old girl who has an love affair with the older blue-haired art student Emma, played by an almost unrecognizable Léa Seydoux (Farewell, My Queen).
The film has raised much controversy both for its three-hour length, and for reportedly having the “most explosively graphic lesbian sex scenes in recent memory” as it gives us a first hand account on Adele’s first love and heartbreak.
In post-screen it has been said of the film that it follows Kechiche’s brand of storytelling. He takes his viewers on a journey that despite its length and graphic sexual scenes, is honest and flows with a naturalistic tempo of long conversations and overlapping dialogue between the two women.
The fact that Kechiche masterfully caresses these sequences with extended closeups, build a kaleidoscope of emotions that pulls an unflinchingly naked and fearless performance from both actresses, but I have to say it is Exachopoulos that embodies her role as Adèle as she weaves her way though self-discovery.
To state that this is now firmly at the top of my MUST see films of the year is understating. Even as a lover of all films from the lesbian’s eye view, it is to be understood that although at its foundation the story is a simple almost predictable one, but for the shear force of Exarchopoulos and Seydoux’s fevered abandon for each other that blurs an almost invisible line between realism and make believe.
Their simulated and unsimulated love-making increases its ardor with each scene of sexual encounter Adèle (Exarchopoulos) and Emma (Sydoux) enjoy. Spanning seven years in two parts, the film focuses on Adèle’s awakening sexuality and the second part deals with the relationship between the two women.
However, the undeniable tour de force of the film is Kechiche and his tenderly breathtaking, exquisite handling of the contents of all 175-minutes of his epic drama.
Blue is the Warmest Colour is scheduled to hit theaters in France on October 9th, where it will be released under its original title La vie d’Adèle (“The life of Adèle”). It is reported that it has already been acquired by IFC’s Sundance Selects for US distribution with its release date still unknown. It is yet to be seen whether the film’s graphic sex scenes will be edited for US theaters.
**Spoiler Alert for Lesbian Fans: It is rumored to not have a happy ending.**