“The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” and “The Forgiveness of Blood” Capsule Reviews and Trailers

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye is just that, a cinematic ballad – or ode if you will – on pioneering industrial musician, Genesis, her loving involvement with Lady Jaye, and their no-holds-barred pandrogynous relationship, in where the notion of two souls coming together as one is taken quite literally as these lovers physically alter their bodies to each others likeness.  Ignorant ideals of what is considered by many to be eccentric and outlandish transformed into notions of what it means to be both beautiful, brave, in love, and to not give a fuck about how others perceive you.  I say, Marie Losier (director of the film), good show.

Both The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye and The Forgiveness of Blood open this Friday at Landmark Theatres.  Follow the jump for trailers and The Forgiveness of Blood review.

The Forgiveness of Blood

Being a teenager is never the easiest of things, especially when your family is involved in an escalating land conflict resulting in your father taking part in a murder, along with the subsequent consequences of such an act.  In this case, it’s Blood Law, which means the males of the family are under house arrest until the conflict is settled, which could take years, and if they leave the house they could be shot on sight.  The first thing that struck me about this film is that modern-day Albania has some screwed up laws.  The second thing I noticed was that all the elements that go into a film being a worthwhile outing (script, acting, sound, costume, and photography) were spot on, making The Forgiveness Of Blood an uniquely claustrophobic coming-of-age drama.


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