#52FilmsByWomen: GAS FOOD LODGING

Gas

February 8, 2016. 4/52 GAS FOOD LODGING. This week’s film by a female director was the oldie-but-goodie from Allison Anders. I related so strongly to this film when it came out in the early 1990’s that I wanted to re-visit it after all this time. And it still holds up. Anders drew from her own troubled upbringing to tell the story of three women (a mother and her two daughters) dealing with poverty, isolation, abuse and loneliness–all with a sense of humor and passion. I still resonated with the themes and the characters and it reminded me of where I’ve come from, even though the external circumstances of my life were different from these women. Anders made a few features and has gone on to have quite a prolific career as a television director. You’ve definitely seen her work even if you don’t realize it.

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