Screen Time: 40%
Age: 13 years old
Directed: Dominique Cardona, Laurie Colbert
Genre: Coming of Age, Drama
Dr. Finn Jeffries plays a new stepmother to her deceased lover's daughter Zelly. She also took over her lover's abortion clinic that is being protested by increasingly violent "pro-lifer's". The movie covers, teenage angst, death threats, abortion issues and love. All in all, interesting drama.
Movie ReviewsLesbian widowhood, rebound relationships, single parenthood, abortion clinic violence, preteen angst, reproductive technology politics — all pretty dramatic stuff for a feature film, and indeed, Finn's Girl would be right at home on Lifetime as a movie of the week.
Yet Canadian filmmakers Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert, best known for their documentaries (Thank God I'm a Lesbian, My Feminism), are to be commended for having a larger vision for this film, which was written by Colbert and has been screening at various LGBT film festivals this summer. Lesbian stories with depth and real-world issues need not be confined to the small screen.
Finn (Brooke Johnson, The Sweet Hereafter) is Dr. Finn Jeffries, a white, 40-something, salt-and-pepper-haired, motorcycle-riding reproductive specialist who takes over the operation of her partner Nancy's abortion clinic in Toronto after her death from breast cancer a year ago.
Finn's girl is Zelly (Maya Ritter, Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front), an 11-year-old who's been (understandably) acting out since her mother's death. She smokes Finn's marijuana with her friends Eve (Chantel Cole) and Max (Andrew Chalmers, A Home at the End of the World), shoplifts skater and sex magazines, and rarely lets an opportunity to sarcastically sass Finn go by.