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Excellent “Cloudburst” starring Oscar winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker now out on DVD

I’m going to recommend a wonderful movie to you that I saw last fall at the Long Beach Q Film Festival.

It’s called Cloudburst which stars Oscar winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker. They portray an aging couple who are forced apart when the granddaughter of Fricker’s character puts her in a nursing home despite the objections of her partner of 31 years.

In a last-ditch effort to stay together, they break her out of a nursing home in Maine and head to Nova Scotia to get married in Canada. Along the way, they pick up a cute hitchhiker played by Ryan Doucette.

Dukakis, whose character describes herself as an 80-year-old dyke, is a revelation from the very first frame when we see her driving her red truck. It is a performance that was sadly overlooked come awards time but you can enjoy it for all its worth now.

I loved the movie and was pleasantly surprised that it was filled with humor and light moments and had kind of a Thelma & Louise feel to it at times.

Don’t miss it!



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2 Remarks

  1. Best movie! Nowhere in the Boston or Cambridge, MA had this dvd in stock so had to order it online.

  2. Great movie, not just a great “gay” movie. I laughed, I cried. The movie and actors should have at minimum received major award nominations. Great acting by all. I’m shocked this wasn’t a major release. I read online that Hollywood is still surprisingly homophobic. Example: the Liberace movie “Under the Candelabra” couldn’t get a major release & went HBO because it was “too gay”. Highly recommend this movie.

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