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Continuing our run of comic films to lift your spirits we bring you one of the funniest LGBT films we have ever seen. Our next Rialto Recommends is 2011's CLOUDBURST starring Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as an elderly lesbian couple who break out of a nursing home to escape to Canada where gay marriage is legal (this was 2011). Hilarious and foul-mouthed, Stella and Dot have been together for 31 years and have faithfully accompanied one another through life's ups and downs. Now in their seventies, Stella is hard of hearing and Dot is legally blind. Dotty's prudish granddaughter, Molly (played by Genie Award-winner Kristin Booth), decides the best place for Dot is a nursing home that will provide all the necessities. This forces Stella and Dot to make a bold decision: they will leave their hometown and make their way to Canada, where same-sex marriage is legal. It's a last-gap bid to stay together. The Toronto Star raved "An affectionate twist on a classic tale of lovers on the lam, sprinkled with renegade hints of Thelma & Louise, Cloudburst is a life- and heart-affirming journey." While the Globe & Mail said "It's a delight to see Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker, superb talents and Oscar winners both, share almost every frame of Cloudburst." CLOUDBURST is streaming on AmazonPrime, Tubi, and Kanopy or is available for a modest rental fee from Vudu, Apple and Amazon HERE.

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MPAA Rating
Olympia Dukakis
Brenda Fricker
Ryan Doucette
Kristin Booth
Directed by
Thom Fitzgerald
Written by
Thom Fitzgerald
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