Ho-hum, another lesbian love story. Now there's a sentence you wouldn't have
expected to write fifteen years ago. But the truth is, some of the most
vital cinema of the last five years has centered on gay and lesbian issues.
I wouldn't call Patricia ("I've Heard The Mermaids singing") Rozema's film
an "issue" movie; it's more like the lilting romance of "The incredibly
strange Adventure of Two Girls in Love." Pascale Bussieres plays a professor
at a Christian college whose faith, career and long-standing affair with a
colleague (Henry Czerny) are challenged when she finds herself being seduced
by a performer (Rachel Crawford) in an avant-garde circus. Essentially, this
is a romance about a woman wooed and won under near-impossible circumstance.
Fans of "Mermaids" may be disappointed that Rozema seems to have lost her
distinctive point of view; this film, by comparison, is flat and
predictable. Still, it knows its target audience and serves them well.