It is hard to believe that Girlfriends has reached its 45th year anniversary, because the content remains relatable to today’s modern friendships and relationships.
Claudia Weill’s classic is simply timeless. The story follows Suzie Weinblatt, a listless Upper West Sider who struggles to make it as a photographer in The Big Apple while also grieving her best friend’s engagement and eventual marriage.
Suzie goes about her day-to-day shooting bar mitzvahs and weddings to make ends meet; however, her dream is to create art – the type that makes an impact on the audience. It’s a film about loneliness and frustration with everyday happenings, when her former roommate and best friend, Anita Skinner, moves out to start a family with her new husband.
Shot in 16mm and restored by the National Film Registry, this authentic take on a friendship between two women will have you reassessing what you do with your blues. And if you went to college in the late ‘ 60s, it might even inspire you to paint your living room red, take out your old Minolta camera from your late teenage days, and maybe even book a flight to New York City to indulge in a few photography exhibits.