Murder And Murder

Gutsy experimental filmmaker Yvonne Rainer tackles two personal issues at oncehaving a lesbian relationship for the first time in middle age and developing breast cancerin one of her most direct and accessible semiautobiographical narratives. This 1996 film has a rich sense of social history, and the wisecracking irreverence of Rainer’s earlier work (e.g., Film About a Woman Who . . . , Privilege) is back in force, though for once the humor seems homey, even homespun, and not merely angry. With Joanna Merlin and Kathleen Chalfont; Rainer also turns up periodically in a tuxedo. (JR)

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