Film recommendation: So My Grandma’s a Lesbian

If you are looking for a bit of fun escapism at the moment, settle in for this ridiculous but sweet and entertaining Spanish romp.

Eva is a lawyer, engaged to Stuart, heir to a wealthy and powerful right-wing Scottish family (you might have to ignore some of the Scottish accents or the likelihood of any Scots being pro-Trump!). When her grandmother Sofía informs Eva that she wants to marry Celia, Eva panics that this will derail her own marriage and races back to her home village on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. She wants to persuade the elderly couple just to continue living together, ostensibly as friends, rather than to mess up everyone’s lives.

Eva’s mother Natasha, who has been a part-time presence in Eva’s life, and her brother also turn up, as well as an old flame of Eva’s and the off-beat local priest (who has a wonderful wardrobe of I ❤️ Jesus t-shirts).

Bit by bit, over highly tempting family meals in the sunshine (tantalising for those of us in lockdown), secrets, frustrations, irritations and deep feelings emerge. And the family learns to reconcile to some truths. Oh, and Sofía adopts the lovely phrase ‘coming out of the wardrobe’ which, she decides, is more feminine and feminist than ‘coming out of the closet’.

Enjoy this film for an absolutely gorgeous central couple, adorable in their love, some fabulous clothes (the three generations of Eva, Natasha and Sofía have superb taste in clothes), lovely views of the island’s landscape and sea in the sunshine, and a lovely story line full of (in the end) positivity and acceptance. But you will need to concentrate if you aren’t a Spanish speaker – the dialogue is rapid-fire, and therefore the subtitles whizz past! I watched this in a watch-along and we had a lot of fun.

So My Grandma’s a Lesbian is available on Netflix.

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