Diane Obomsawin’s delightful short film I Like Girls finds four women sharing their experiences around when they first discovered that, as the title suggests, they liked girls. Ranging from funny to sad to whimsical, and conveyed through colourful animation, the tales offer an intimate portrait of key moments in each woman’s life. Whether it is recounting an eye-opening first kiss, reflecting on the uncomfortableness of being the only lesbian couple in town, or sharing Greta Garbo fantasies, the stories in the film are both engaging and identifiable.
It is this sense of recognition to the viewer’s own life, regardless of sexual orientation, that makes I Like Girls such a treat to watch. Obomsawin’s short immediately transports us back to all those awkward, and at times confusing, moments that come with first exploration into one’s sexuality. The film manages to pack in many themes in its scant running time, while never feeling overstuffed. All of this makes for a thoroughly enjoyable dive into the complicated waters of life and love.
Screens (as part of the When You Know, You Know shorts program):
Friday, June 2, 7:30 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox
Tickets can be purchased at the Inside Out website.