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Born Naked (MLB)
Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson
Andrea Esteban takes an energetic and upbeat look at the lives of lesbians in Europe in her debut feature documentary. She talks to gay and transgender women in London, Madrid and Berlin - or listens into their conversations with friends - about topics including coming out, living as a lesbian in the modern world and sexual health, with a firm agenda of debunking stereotypes along the way.
Definitions of words such as "butch", "queer" and "lesbian" flash up at relevant points and the film is also intercut with animation of a naked woman being born and taking shape - a reference to one of the film's tenets "we're born naked, the rest is a drag".
There's no doubting the sincerity on display and this film would work best for teenage audiences, who will enjoy its bouncy pop soundtrack and be more happy to go with its scattergun approach. Teenagers experiencing their own questions regarding sexual identity are also likely to find the life-affirming attitude of its go-getting contributors reassuring and helpful, while those who are not will no doubt still warm to its message of being comfortable in your skin and unashamed of who you are and what you want from life.
Adults, however, no matter what their sexual orientation, are likely to be less enamoured with this seen-it-before basic approach. In a world where women in all spheres are still fighting for equality, it comes as no big surprise to hear that many lesbians feel they are falling behind gay men in terms of their place in society. Also, anyone with even moderately broad life experience will surely have come across gay women of all sorts and are highly unlikely to subscribe to the stereotypical representation - although there is a suggestion that back in Spain, attitudes may be shifting more slowly, so perhaps this will play more radically in her home country.Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2014