Directed by Jenée LaMarque
Official Selection, 2017 Seattle International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2017 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival
Engaged lesbian couple Lu and Andi (Fresh Off the Boat’s Constance Wu) have gathered five of their best friends for a bachelorette weekend in wine country. Some are life-long companions, while others are meeting for the first time. Booze, frolic, and laughs abound, even through the bumps of barely-submerged old squabbles. But the weekend really goes off the rails when Lu, in a molly-induced haze, admits to the group that she’s never experienced an orgasm, much to Andi’s shock and dismay. The revelation causes Andi to reevaluate their entire relationship, leaving the wedding and their future in question.
Improvising around a loose script, the ensemble cast is bliss to behold, bouncing hilariously off each other while rooting the shenanigans in a place of genuine personhood, especially when it comes to their experiences of sex. In documentary-esque breaks, the film interviews each character about their first orgasms, finding ways to induce blushing and laughter over the delights of self-exploration, the memories of unwarranted shame, and other confessions. Much like talking about sex, THE FEELS is fun, poignant, often awkward, sometimes painful, but always teeming with the joyous spontaneity of friendship. –James Paguyo