In pastels and simplistic animation of animals with human personas, director and animator Diane Obomsawin compiles the true-life testimonies of various lesbian women as they came into their sexuality for the first time.
Charlotte, Mathilde, Marie, and Diane are omniscient narrators who alternate stories of their first love experiences. In movie theaters, sleep-away camps, and in-between sacred sheets we see pure relationships unfold as they fumble like fawns in their newness and find strength in their connection.
Unlike many other stories which detail the lives of members of the LGBTQ+ community, homophobia and shame are seemingly absent from I LIKE GIRLS. While faint traces may appear between the lines, it is in no way a guiding element to this 9-minute animation—which, in this reviewer’s opinion, is a breath of fresh air.
The film's pleasant-nature stems from themes of easy-going love in communion with
comically endearing animation, making it a must-watch for fans of love stories.
About the Author:
Margaret Smith is a writer, editor, and critic achieving her B.A. from Columbia College Chicago. Having migrated from small-town Illinois, she now dwells in Chicago with a curious eye for art and a penchant for commentary. When not putting pen to paper, you might catch her about the city sipping coffee and filling in crossword puzzles.