Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pippa’s privates

You know when you read a plot description and something in the back of your head goes off, kind of like gay Spidey sense? Well, I have that quite a bit and most of the time it’s just my own wishful lesbian thinking. (Ahh, wishful lesbian thinking, it’s the reason I still tune in to watch Bionic Woman each week. Come on Sarah and Jamie, you know you want to…) But sometimes, sometimes I think I might be onto something. Take, for instance, the recent casting news that Robin Wright Penn, Winona Ryder and Julianne Moore had signed on to star in “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.”

Now I can’t tell you for sure, either way, if this film has any gay content or gay subtext or even a wacky gay neighbor who loves show tunes and has a poodle named Precious. I’ve Googled and Googled and all I can tell right now is that it is based on a yet-to-be-published novel by Rebecca Miller by the same name. According to Variety, its plot description is such:

“The story centers on a dutiful wife whose husband falls for a younger woman, freeing her to explore her buried sensuality and leading to a very quiet nervous breakdown.”

So, I can’t be the only one whose gaydar got a blip from that, right? Freeing? Exploring? Buried sensuality? And, of course, nervous breakdowns? So. Totally. Gay.

Robin will play Pippa and my best guess is that Winona is the younger woman. But then, well, then there is Julianne. Why such star wattage if she is only going to be a friend? I wonder. Rebecca Miller has directed a handful of films, including “Personal Velocity” and “The Ballad of Jack and Rose” and I’ve always thought her work could easily include, and benefit from, some lesbian subtext. What I do know is that even the faintest prospect of Robin and Julianne uncovering their buried sensuality together makes me happy in ways it’s not polite to talk about in public.


Susan said...

Oh such naughty thoughts going through my head. And I can just hear Julianne saying to Robin "As you wish..."

Amanda said...

You just got my really excited. haha

Anonymous said...

Star wattage indeed. And ooh those ladies are smoking. That pic of Julianne is almost enough to erase that awful image of her that's lodged inside my head since viewing Freedomland. I just hated her role in that. She was lauded for playing the part oh-so-well but I was not impressed at all, it's one of the worst roles I've seen her in (but this might not mean so much since I'm not a tv watching fanatic - running for cover now after divulging that).

And this instalment is proof once more why I'm all for finding those reps of your ISP and seeing to it that your service is restored immediately!

Rock On

link said...

Wishfull Lesbione thinking has existed in my head ever since Julianne Moore seduced me in Boogie Nights! Thanks Dot, your wave length happens to coincide:)

Anonymous said...

dear ms surrenders

This is off post but seeing as my name is Pip I figure I might get away with it.

A few months ago I followed a link from your wonderful blog and ended up seeing a most fabulous video of a ring a girls playing what we in Oz call Chinese Whispers. As the game progresses the whispers around the circle get more and more physical. It's really very delicious. Unfortunately I have never been able to find it again.

If you happen to recognise this, is there any chance you can let me know where to find it; or, it may make a good not so naked lady friday.


Anonymous said...

You called it. From

"By seventeen, Pippa had lived with a Dexedrine-addicted mother, felt the first stirrings of sexuality with a school girlfriend, had an affair with a teacher, and run away from home, set adrift on a course littered with broken hearts—until she seemingly found love and security in a family of her own."