Portrait of a Serial Monogamist is a cute and funny film that I have absolutely nothing bad to say about. You will definitely enjoy this movie. It was written and directed by a team of two, one woman and one man, and the star of the film is a lesbian in real life.
The “serial monogamist,” Elsie, is a Jewish lesbian who works in Toronto’s television industry. She is always in a relationship, although not always the same one. At the beginning of the film we learn that she hates being dumped, however, she has a tendency to break up with her girlfriend when things get rough and then find a new one right away. This time when she breaks up with her girlfriend, her friends urge her to stay single for a while and work on herself before getting into a new relationship. What follows is Elsie clumsily learning how to be single, while dealing with the aftermath of her breakup and while still meeting interesting new romantic prospects.
Elsie is a successful woman in her forties, which is refreshing since so many lesbian films are about really young women. I think even straight women would love this film since it positively portrays middle-aged women, who are often invisible in mainstream films, in a charming and relatable way. If you’re looking for some feminist-friendly lighthearted entertainment that passes the Bechdel test, check this out.
You can purchase or rent it on ITunes in both Canada and the U.S.A.