CInema in Noir – A Celebration of Female Friendship
In honor of Women’s History Month, on this week’s episode on “Cinema In Noir” my co-hosts and I discussed our favorite films that highlight positive relationships between women.
Here are a few of my picks:
In 1995, Cher, Dionne, and Tai were the crew I most wanted to be down with. I wanted to be rollin’ with the homies and hang out at parties in the valley. The girls of Clueless, played by Alicia Silverstone, an ageless Stacey Dash, and the late Brittany Murphy, were the epitome of cool to my 15 year old self. Despite the flightiness and superficiality of high-school, the friendship between the three girls was real. Forget Josh, Dionne is Cher’s true soul mate.
Our Song (2000)
Lanisha, Maria, and Joycelyn are three friends who share a love for music. It is through them playing in the community band and their friendship with each other that they are able to traverse the very real personal issues they are facing. The friendship between the girls is not perfect. But that is what makes it so real. The relationship is evidence that through good and bad, true friendship endures. Also, the movie marks the feature film debut of a young Kerry Washington.
Deliver Us From Eva (2003)
Technically Eva, Kareenah, Bethany and Jacqui are sisters (played by Gabrielle Union, Essence Atkins, Robinne Lee, and Meagan Good, repectively). But one of the recurring themes in the movie is how much Eva wants her sister’s friendship and how she values that almost over love. The Dandridge sisters are the best of friends, much to the chagrin of their husbands and boyfriends. They have special codes that refer to specific situations and they even share a special song. And for me, a girl who doesn’t have sisters but always wanted them, I really love the dynamic between the women. They love, support, and respect each other unconditionally.
What are your favorite films that feature friendship between women?