Reel Affirmations 13: Washington DC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Date: Friday, 10/24/2003
Time: 7:00 pm

Venue: DCJCC
Tickets: $9

Type: Feature presentation
Language: Italian with English subtitles

Metro Weekly Rating: (2 out of 5)

by Nancy Legato

GasolineMONICA STAMBRINI'S drama mixes the octane of Thelma and Louise with the matricide and amorality of Heavenly Creatures. What it's got that both of those movies are missing is a quite normal (at least in the beginning) lesbian relationship.

Stella (Maya Sansa) and Lenni (Regina Orioli) meet at Lenni's gas station and immediately fall in love. Between all the car grease and espresso (Lenni's a mechanic and Stella the station's new coffee barista), you'd think these girls would have it made. Then, Stella's aristocratic mom (Mariella Valentini) shows up to take her daughter home to their upper class existence. One thing leads to another, mama ends up dead, and the girls are off on a cross-country adventure to try to ditch mama's body and escape the consequences of their act. On the way, they run into some avatars of society's judgment, including a well-intentioned priest and some ill-intentioned punks who want to make the girls pay for some imagined insults.

GasolineWhat separates Gasoline from the likes of Thelma and Louise is a thin line of righteousness, but that doesn't mean Gasoline doesn't have its own ideas about fighting back against violence against women or society's attempts to control the wildness of its daughters. In the end, though, it all just leads in one big circle, literally and figuratively, and the central issue of the killing (intentional or otherwise) of mama is never satisfactorily confronted, much less resolved, making the viewer wonder just what was gained in the journey at all.

More information

Film Links:
· Reel Affirmations details
· Internet Movie Database
· Official film site

Festival Venue:
Cecile Goldman Theater at the DCJCC
1529 16th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20009. (202) 518-9400. (map)
3 blocks east of Red Line Metro / Dupont Circle station.

You may buy your tickets or passes in advance: Online at or by phone at (800) 494-TIXS (494-8497). Or you may visit the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U Street, NW, WDC); the DCJCC (1529 16th Street, NW, WDC); Lambda Rising (1625 Connecticut Avenue, NW, WDC); or Universal Gear (1601 17th Street, NW, WDC).

For more info visit the official Reel Affirmations website.