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In this case, the name pretty much says it all. Madeleine Olnek’s nod to the sci-fi films of the 50’s is powered by a seriously original and thoroughly peculiar plot, though I suspect it will no be everyone’s cup of tea. That having been said, Olnek’s upcoming sci-fi opus “Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same” — which is an official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — appears to be something that I would willingly waste my time watching. I’m sure this comes as no surprise to anyone, especially if you were privy to my excitement for “Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives”. In my humble opinion, so-called “alternative cinema” is a lot more daring and creative than anything else currently taking shape here in the good ol’ US of A. Believe it.
As always, a plot synopsis:
hree lesbian aliens are sent to Earth. Their mission? To have their hearts broken by earthlings so their overactive emotions won’t destroy the ozone of their planet. As the fetching extraterrestrials search for romance on the New York lesbian dating scene, one finds love with Jane, an eager stationery store clerk who is oblivious to the fact that she’s dating an alien. The other two, discovering the neediness of earthling women, connect with each other as they reflect on the beauty of a cheesecake in a revolving dessert case.
Tightly scripted with lo-fi styling and campy DIY effects that would make Ed Wood envious, Codependent mashes up the B-movie and Men in Black and turns it into a witty, wholly original comedy. First-time feature writer/director Madeleine Olnek (her shorts Hold Up and Countertransference screened at the Festival in 2006 and 2009, respectively) embraces the intrinsic hilarity of lesbian life and DIY filmmaking to tell a story about love that transcends galaxies.
Please to find the teaser embedded below. Thanks a bunch to Twitch for bringing this interesting production to my attention.