Thursday, November 12, 1998

Jennifer Montgomery's Troika

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Jennifer Montgomery (Home Avenue, Art for Teachers of Children) returns to the Cinematheque with Troika (1998, 96 min.), which premiered last Spring at The New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. “Jennifer, the protagonist…is doubly challenged. As a professional journalist, she’s trapped on a pleasure boat with Russian ultra-nationalist and macho pig Vladimir Zhirinovsky, conducting an interview that turns into a battle of wills. At home, her lesbian lover teases and insluts her relentlessly. Weaving together scenes that present encounters with both characters, Montgomery reveals their unlikely similarity by employing a dispassionate style that renders each power play the more insidious. As a result, the politics of personal relationships and the personal implications of political beliefs become impossible to imagine separately.” (Martha Gever)