Below Her Mouth (2016)

Steamy from the get-go, this tale of lesbian love from Anishnaabe Algonquin director April Mullen takes a very up-close-and-personal approach. After breaking up with her girlfriend Joslyn (Mayko Nguyen) and hastily moving out of her apartment, the Swedish transplant and too-cool-for-school androgynous hipster Dallas (Erika Linder) is immediately looking for the next woman to chase.

Her sights quickly fall on the classic girl next door, Jasmine (Natalie Krill) who wears a very prominent engagement ring from her very hetero, male and out-of-town fiancée. After their eyes meet in a bar and they share a stolen kiss over a cigarette, Dallas is ready to take things to the next level, while Jasmine needs a little bit more persuading.

Toronto, with its streetcars and skyline seen from the islands, is the third most prominent character in this love story bound for drama that’s at its best when the characters share space with each other with minimal talking, to the sounds of a hypnotic, moody soundtrack.

Review by Caitlin Stall-Paquet

Talent:

Erika Linder, Natalie Krill

Type:

Film

Collections:

LGBTQ2+, TIFF, Women's Stories

Canadian connection

Directed by April Mullen, Written by Stephanie Fabrizi
Toronto, Ontario