Drama, 38 min
Camp Belvidere is the story of camp leader Rose and how her friendship with Gin, the camp nurse, evolves into a passionate love affair.
a confronting story of love and acceptance, of desire and despair
Camp Belvidere is an age gap, lesbian romance story written, directed, and starring the talented Astrid Ovalles. Set in the late 1950s, the short film showcases the love story of Gin (Astrid Ovalles), a camp nurse; and the 18-year-old camp leader named Rose (Molly Way).
In a decade where two women loving each other was considered “unnatural,” Camp Belvidere is a confronting story of love and acceptance, of desire and despair. At just 18 years old, Rose is a self-confident young woman, unlike Gin, who has lived pent-up from being herself for years. Behind that silent exterior, Gin is a lovely, caring, and interesting person — a world traveler with excellent musical taste. As a friend and mentor, Gin recommends reading the book called “The Rainbow” by D. H. Lawrence — a controversial English novel published in 1915. Despite the homosexual implications of the written material, hope for a future of truth and freedom seemed a long way off. Rose is unwilling to give up. That unstoppable force will take Gin by surprise and she will have to decide whether to risk it all or let love escape her life.
The music selection embellishes the romance by featuring soft tunes, Latin melodies, and classical music. Astrid Ovalles as Gin is dazzling — your eyes go wherever she moves. The chemistry is well crafted between her and the rest of the cast. Excellent performances by Molly Way, Stacee Mandeville, and Spencer Rhys Hughes.
The intense love story between two women from decades or even centuries ago equals passionate storylines that include brave characters and out-of-this-world performances. As captivating as Carol (2015); and as passionate as Fingersmith (2005), Camp Belvidere is an electrifying must-watch lesbian story that has gained recognition becoming a favourite among the LBQ community around the world.
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