Understanding the ‘Lesbians of Buenos Aires’ (2004)

Lesbians of Buenos Aires (2004)

Lesbianas de Buenos Aires is not really a soccer movie. Neither is it a movie that Howard Sterns would salivate over. It is a documentary of interviews of several unrelated 30ish lesbians.

The film came up in a Netflix soccer search because one of the subjects runs a woman’s indoor league, and there are a few minutes that show her playing in a facility where small sided fields are enclosed in cages of wire fences. She is very passionate about soccer, but she is basically a recreational player.

The movie is disjointed because the subjects’ stories do not interwine, and the film cuts back and forth between their free-form interviews. Sadly, there is no sense of Buenos Aires, as all shots are indoors or in a car, except for one interview in an empty stadium.

Lesbians in a macho country

I learned a few things from this movie. The subjects feel that Argentine men take the lesbians’ sexuality as a rejection of men, and so the men call the lesbians Tortilleras as a very derogatory term. One woman tried to explain the meaning of the word, which frankly I couldn’t understand, even after they cooked a potato tortilla as an example.

It was also curious that some of the subjects are women who seem to have chosen lesbianism based on a relationship, but they could be equally happy with the right man. I think many American gay activists would have a problem with such a Cynthia Nixon-like portrayal. Maybe this film does this because first-time director Santiago Garcia is presumably male.

Anyhow, this movie is very boring and I had to wake myself up several times to finish it.

3 Soccer Movie Mom Rating = 3

  • Release Date: 2004-09-02 (Argentina)
  • In Spanish with English subtitles
  • Spanish title is Lesbianas de Buenos Aires
  • DVD has no extras.
  • IMDB
  • Director: Santiago García