Blue Jean

1 hour 37 minutes

Not Rated

Maine Film Center

Maine Film Center, 93 Main Street, Waterville, Maine

Assistive Listening Devices AvailableClosed Captions Available
Blue Jean is a real discovery you should make sure not to miss. It’s England, in 1988, and Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government is about to pass a law stigmatizing gays and lesbians, forcing Jean, a gym teacher, to live a double life. As pressure mounts from all sides, the arrival of a new girl at school catalyzes a crisis that will challenge Jean to her core. "Jean (Rosy McEwan) is a woman caught in an uncomfortable limbo between two worlds. She’s a newly minted lesbian, on the fringes of a community of louder, prouder dykes, and in the first flush of romance with Viv (Kerrie Hayes). She’s also a PE teacher in a north-east England secondary school in the late 1980s; exactly the kind of person who the Thatcher regime’s recently enacted section 28 law – forbidding the 'promotion of homosexuality' by local authorities – has in its crosshairs. For Jean – and McEwen’s performance is an intricate miracle of minute details and nervy flickers of alarm – the separation of work and life is an essential, but increasingly precarious, balance. That balance, to the frustration of Viv, who senses Jean’s reticence when it comes to fully embracing her sexual identity, is upended when one of her students encroaches on Jean’s closely guarded world. A supremely accomplished debut feature from writer-director Georgia Oakley,… it’s as persuasive as it is powerful”—Wendy Ide, The Guardian.

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