Article Title:Film review: Elvis and Madona
Category:Movies
Author or Credit:Jacqui Stanford
Published on:26th August 2010 - 06:33 pm
Published by:GayNZ.com
Internet Archive link:https://web.archive.org/web/20170423044601/http://www.gaynz.com/articles/publish/20/article_9244.php
NDHA link:http://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/ArcAggregator/arcView/frameView/IE18334588/http://www.gaynz.com/articles/publish/20/article_9244.php
Note that the National Library of New Zealand (NDHA) website uses both cookies and frames. The first time you click on a link it first may take you to the archived front page of gaynz.com. Close the window and try again. This is because the NDHA website uses cookies and you cannot access an indiviual page without visiting the front page first
Story ID:9244
Text:Elvis and Madona Brazil, 105 minutes Director: Marcelo Laffitte With Simone Spoladore as Elvis and Igor Cotrim as Madona It's an unlikely on-screen romantic pairing. A trans showgirl and a lesbian photographer who delivers pizzas to pay the bills. Throw an unplanned pregnancy into the mix and you have the camp, frivolous Brazilian romantic comedy Elvis and Madona. The film is showing at the Reel Brazil Film Festival which opens today in Auckland, before travelling to Wellington and Queenstown. The first meeting between the pair at the centre of the film comes when cute, ruffled motorbike-riding dyke Elvis delivers a pizza to Madona, finding the statuesque performer has been bashed and robbed by her ex-boyfriend. Rather than tragic, Madona's distress is so campy it's comic, chiefly because even with her long blonde hair she still has an unfortunate resemblance to Robert Downey Junior. That resemblance lessens a little when Madona does what every girl does in a time of need – gets a makeover. Luckily she works in a salon and her excitable colleagues make her a new woman in no time. Even before the fabulous makeover there is an instant attraction between Elvis and Madona. This is first acted upon in a scene which plays with every cliché lesbian movie moment – a black-clad and serious-eyed Elvis straddles her motorbike and leans over to kiss not some femme hipster, but a transwoman. The relationship quickly develops and the sex happens with surprisingly little fuss, considering Elvis was moments before a card-carrying lesbian. Perhaps there should have been a little more fuss and they would have remembered a condom – but instead there is something not common in queer films: an unwanted pregnancy. Although mostly a romantic comedy, the film does have a shadowy subplot, which isn't really scary enough to make Elvis and Madona dark. Instead the film is a light laugh and a bit of camp fun, which manages to throw the notions of relationship gender-dynamics on their head in an incredibly understated manner. - Jacqui Stanford For more information on the Reel Brazil Film Festival click here Jacqui Stanford - 26th August 2010    
Disclaimer:This page displays a version of the GayNZ.com article with all formatting and images removed. It was harvested automatically and some text content may not have been fully captured correctly: access this content at your own risk. A copy of the full article is available (off-line) at the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand. This online version is provided for personal research and review and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of PrideNZ.com. If you have queries or concerns about this article please email us
Reproduction note:Just before GayNZ.com closed in May 2017, the website owners wrote this article about reproducing content from the website: "our work has always been available for glbti people to use and all we ask is that you not plagiarise it... if you use it anywhere please attribute it to GayNZ.com and where there is an authors name attached please acknowledge that writer."