TIGLFF Reviews 10/10: Romeos and Hollywood to Dollywood

Hollywood to Dollywood.
  • Hollywood to Dollywood.

Hollywood to Dollywood Ostensibly a documentary about twin brothers driving cross-country to ambush Dolly Parton and hand her a script they've written, the delightful Hollywood to Dollywood is really a film about family and acceptance. As Gary and Larry Lane make their way from L.A. to Tennessee in a rented RV dubbed Jolene, they talk endlessly about their mother, their religious upbringing, and the lack of acceptance in their North Carolina hometown — all of it colored by their encyclopedic knowledge of the music and message of Dolly Parton. The pair also talks to gay men and women along the way who share their own experiences coming out, creating a portrait of at least part of the modern gay experience in the South. Parton appears late in the film and seems every bit the gracious star of legend, and the soundtrack is loaded with Dolly tunes (which indicates to me that she approves of the final product). Expertly shot and edited, Hollywood to Dollywood is a winner. Mon Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m., Muvico Baywalk. —Joe Bardi

  • Maximilian Befort and Rick Okon in Romeos.

Today is the fifth day of the Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and the offerings include two of the festival's best, the suspenseful, romantic Romeos and the rollicking road trip Hollywood to Dollywood — see CL's reviews below. Also on tap: Women's Shorts at Tampa Theatre at 7, and two documentaries about transgender issues at the Tampa Museum of Art: The Sisterhood (6:30 p.m.), about wine workers in South Africa, and Photos of Angie (8:30 p.m.), about the life and death of Angie Zapata, the teenager murdered in Colorado in 2008. Find more CL reviews of TIGLFF movies here.

Romeos A riveting, exceptionally well-acted German film about Lukas, a 20-year-old in transition from female to male (Rick Okon) whose determination to pass as a boy is compromised when he's placed against his wishes in a girl's dorm. His secret and his friendship with a savvy, free-wheeling lesbian are threatened when he falls for a devilishly sexy, possibly dangerous and apparently bisexual man (Maximilian Befort). Written and directed with an exacting eye by Sabine Bernardi. Mon. Oct. 10, 9 p.m., Tampa Theatre. —David Warner

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