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Second Star On The Right

by Roger Walker-Dack
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Oct 21, 2019
'Second Star On The Right'
'Second Star On The Right'  

"Second Star On The Right" is one of two lesbian dramas that Spanish filmmaker Ruth Caudeli has playing on the film festival circuit right now, and they both share leading ladies Alejandra Lara and Silvia Varón.

"Second Star on the Right" is the story of four 30-something-year-old women who have been friends since schooldays. They are now grown up and leading adult lives — except for one. Emilia (Silvia Varón) is a bisexual actress/acting teacher who still lives at home with her mother. This situation is part of the reason she carries a big chip on her shoulder, but the main reason is her friends now have the financial security that comes with their successful lives. These disparities cause an ever-widening gap between the others and Emilia.

This unhappy woman only wants to be with her girlfriend when she is drunk and it suits her. In fact, she actually prefers the company of her young students, who look on her as one of them. It's an excuse for her not having to accept the reality of the situation, and leads her into bedding one of the young men in her class. When she loses her job, she reluctantly allows one of her old friends to get her an office job for which she is thoroughly unsuited and hates as well, but she desperately needs the security of an income no matter how small.

The four friends meet up every week, even though in reality they have all grown apart, but they sit convivially discussing the forthcoming wedding of one of their number, Angelica (Alejandra Lara). It is at the bachelorette party when all four are drunk and in a swimming pool that finally the truth finally outs, egged on by Emilia. In the wake of this, things will never ever be the same.

In typical Spanish fashion, which we will never quite understand, the films ends with a song, with all the cast contributing to its "life is quite wonderful, really"-type lyrics. However, that in no way casts out the underlying theme of sadness that runs through the movie. Maybe now that they have let all pretensions go to become their real selves, they will finally find happiness. Who knows?

Roger Walker-Dack, a passionate cinephile, is a freelance writer, critic and broadcaster and the author/editor of three blogs. He divides his time between Miami Beach and Provincetown.

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