Comedy, Drama, 1 h 0 min
BIFL is expectations, different shades of intimacy, and what it really means to love someone. Blood family versus found family and how toxic relationships can both manifest and disguise themselves. How identities intersect, how labels can matter but don’t have to, and how perception isn’t always reality.
Sincere, homely and just good honest queer content
Webseries are an art form queer people have used to give ourselves a real platform as main characters, directors and producers. Over the years, they’ve just gotten better, and BIFL comes as no exception to the rule.
BIFL dir. Daren Taylor follows the occupants of an apartment in LA: Sara (Mandahla Rose), a non-binary ace lesbian with no room for niceties, Chloe (Andrea Nelson), whose sexuality remains ambiguous to the audience, and Jill (Anisha Adusumilli), a bisexual girl with a classic case of in-love-with-my-bestie-itis. There is also newcomer Taylor (Elizabeth Peterson), fresh from a breakup possessed with a sark to rival Sara’s, and finally enter Ollie (Michael Sasaki), an aromantic bisexual man and his cis, straight, white roommate Matt (Philip Orazio), who can’t seem to get Sara’s they/them pronouns right. Like, ever.
What really hits home with this series is the sheer normalcy of it all. Every single one of these characters is just trying to navigate normal life and love, and it’s all done in an unapologetically queer fashion. There are so many TV shows that do this for straight people, but it is refreshing to have a little nugget-size version of this for us LGBT+ folk. For a small-time web series, some of the cinematography is better than what one can watch on the CW, and when it comes to acting, Mandahla Rose really hits it out of the park as Sara (it’s almost as if she doesn’t belong in the series; she’s in a league of her own).
One will find themselves really rooting for Jill and Chloe, and as simple as it sounds, it’s just so nice for a change to have the main love story involve at least one out-and-proud queer character. The majority of the characters being queer, and in almost mundane situations, just makes the viewer feel at home when they’re watching it. Of course, the snippets of real drama do make it all the better. Some of the attempts at comedy do fall somewhat flat, so approach some of those funny moments with caution.
All in all, this was just a real, honest and fun one to watch. And it didn’t even take an hour to watch the whole thing, so the only question left, really, is what on God’s green earth are you waiting for?
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