The Advocate's 18 Favorite Films at Outfest 2013

This year's Outfest features more than 150 films. The Advocate has chosen 18 of our favorites.

BY Daniel Reynolds Sunnivie Brydum and Diane Anderson-Minshall

July 11 2013 3:00 AM ET

Breaking the Girls
Saturday, July 20, 8:30 p.m. at Ford

Ladies, this is one film you do not want to miss. The latest from two lesbian legends: director Jamie Babbit (director of But I’m a Cheerleader) and screenwriter Guinevere Turner (who wrote American Psycho, among others) share screenwriting duties with Mark Distefano, resulting a lovely, twisty lesbian Hitchcock-inspired thriller. A cute but rebellious 20-something college student and bartender Sara (played by Agnes Brucker of Private Practiceand Murder By Numbers) loses her job, then her housing and her scholarship, thanks to a frenemy. She’s in need of a friend, when in swoops Madeline Zima (who hasn’t been this good since Californication). Zima plays Alex, a rich lesbian whose last girlfriend dumped her for her wealthy stepfather — the last remnant of a living family she had. Alex is spoiled and dark and a bit obsessive, and she soon gets Sara tangled in a web of murder, lies, and danger. It’s not quite Unusual Suspects, but it has a couple of twists you can’t see coming, and in between, a whole bunch of hot Sapphic action. What’s not to love?

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