BFI Flare review of Snapshots

The relationship between 3 generations of women means that this film will attract a wide audience and speak to many women. This is definitely a film I want in my collection and would love to see in the cinemas with a mainstream release.

A must see for every generation. Beautiful, funny and poignant.

Synopsis

Love lost. Love found. Love betrayed. When Rose’s secret past collides with her granddaughter’s secret future and her daughter’s angry present, can the love of three generations be enough to accept decades of deceit? What happens that summer of 1960 when Louise and Zee enter the lives of Rose and Joe Muller?

5 star film review of Snapshots on Planet Nation

Fifty years at a lake home in Missouri. One old camera. With the discovery of a simple roll of film it begins.

  • Director: Melanie Mayron
  • Cast: Piper Laurie, Brooke Adams, Emily Goss, Shannon Collis, Emily Baldoni, Max Adler, Brett Dier and Cathy DeBuono.
  • Producers: Jan Miller Corran and LeeAnn Matusek 
  • Screenplay: Jan Miller Corran and Katherine Cortez

USA, 2018

The Trailer

The Review

It is great to see stories of lesbians from the 50s and 60s on screen, and the use of flashbacks from present day ensures that this film is accessible to all generations.

Cathy DeBuono and Piper Laurie in SnapshotsIt was a pleasant surprise to see Cathy DeBuono making an appearance, a clever casting decision for a lesbian audience. I was surprised this wasn't mentioned in the BFI Flare description as it would have been an obvious pull for many.

Piper Laurie plays Rose whose life we flash back to after her granddaughter brought over a box from the loft which included some photos. It turns out to be a box of memories from Rose's Summers on the lake which spark the flash backs.

I really liked the parallels across generations, and the overlapping parallel stories that span generations. There are many comparisons to the similarities across the three women. I also liked that there were lots of positive references to therapy and to being yourself.

My favourite lines from the film that will stay with me are:

"Who she chooses to love, and whether you approve of it is absolutely nothing to do with the decision"

Rose to her daughter Patti when they are discussing Allison's pregnancy.

"Everything we did felt dangerous to me. Louise, she was just living. The only thing I taught her was how to fish. She taught me how to live. 55 years, a lifetime in a blink of an eye."

Rose to Patti and Allison when she shared her secret past.

"Live your life, no matter what the cost. Don't live somebody else's."

Rose to Allison when looking through old photos of Louise.

There is an amazing scene at the end where the three women are sitting around the fire. Gran has whiskey, Mum has wine and the daughter has beer. Even this speaks to generational shifts.

It was really poignant to me that the Mum felt like she was never good enough for Rose, and it turns out that the secret she was keeping had created a distance between them. Releasing the secret brought them closer together. Releasing the secret and being true also clearly gave Rose closure and peace.

This film has a beautiful, timeless setting which really suits the story arc. The use of positive female roles, with limited male supporting roles is a refreshing change.

The Story behind the film

SNAPSHOTS began as a play in 1990. Twenty five years later it is a screenplay. Jan Miller Corran has been producing award winning films since 1994. She has produced over twenty films.  Her first film experience was with Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter which was nominated for an Academy Award for feature documentary. Since that time, Corran has executive produced over fifteen films including AWOL with Lola Kirke and the most recent being I''ll See You in My Dreams starring Blythe Danner. A published author and playwright, Corran brings her writing skills to a film destined to be remembered for decades. 


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About Melanie Mayron

Melanie Mayron, director of Snapshots

As the director of notable films like Mean Girls 2, Slap Her She’s French, The Babysitter’s Club, and Freaky Friday, Mayron has brought her directing expertise to television shows like Grace and Frankie with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, The Fosters, Jane the Virgin, In Treatment (HBO), Pretty Little Liars and numerous others. In addition, she has been on the other side of the camera as an actress in the award winning Thirtysomething, Lipstick Jungle, Jane the Virgin, Criminal Minds, Pretty Little Liars, Breaking the Girls and Playing for Time.

Jan Miller Corran producer of Snapshots

About Jan Miller Corran

Corran's passion for films began decades ago when she consulted on the Academy Award nominated documentary Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter.  Another ten years passed and she was asked to assist with the documentary You May Think I Live Here But I Don't.  Corran has gone on to produce numerous award winning feature films, including, I'll See You in My Dreams, Anatomy of a Love Seen, Raven's Touch, Lovers Game, Alfredo's Fire, Out and Around, AWOL, and more. It is now time to produce her script.  SNAPSHOTS has been a labor of love. "As I wrote it, I fell in love with Rose, Patty, Allison and the beguiling Louise. Producing this film is a great joy.

About LeeAnne Matusek

LeeAnne Matusek, producer of SnapshotsAfter years of producing theater and short films in Los Angeles, LeeAnne jumped into feature film producing with A Perfect Ending written by Nicole Conn and produced by Soul Kiss Films.  That film developed her skills as a producer and created some fantastic creative relationships.   When she found the feature film property FOLLOW by Michael Patrick Spillers (currently in development), she knew she had a vehicle that would touch and change lives.  "When I read SNAPSHOTS I got chills.  Everyone has a secret right? What if you shared that secret with those closest to you and you found out nothing was as it seemed?"  This film has everything!  I laughed and cried when I read the script and I new I had another winner with this one.  Jan Corran's extensive and broad experience in the film industry has put her in the perfect position to develop her own passion project.  I am thrilled to be on board to bring this movie to the big screen.

THE FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

The full 2018 BFI Flare programme is available here(link is external), but highlights of additional activities to the film screenings include:

  • Talks with established film and television professionals who are leading the way in LGBTQ+ representation on screen.
  • Workshops and Labs focusing on creating LGBTQ+ media with specific sessions around challenges in development, funding and exhibition.
  • Networking opportunities throughout the Festival with a range of receptions with film and television professionals included in the Delegate Package. 

BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival 2018About BFI Flare

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, formerly known as the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, is the biggest LGBT film festival in Europe. It takes place every spring in London, England

www.bfi.org.uk/flare