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REELING: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

That’s Not Us

Directed by William Sullivan

USA / 2015 / 97 mins / English


THAT’S NOT US is an intimate portrait of three twenty-something New York couples as they travel to a beach house to enjoy the last days of summer. But the fun and carefree weekend, soaked in the sunshine of the last days of the season, becomes an exploration of what it takes to sustain a healthy relationship and make love last in what is now being called the “gayest generation.” Through each of the three couples – one gay, one lesbian, and one straight – this diverting, moving and downright sensual dramedy – explores sex and relationships with a fresh perspective, finding that while sexuality and gender may vary, the struggles to keep love alive do not. Sullivan’s attractive, experienced cast dug deep into their characters and then, working from a brief outline, improvised the bulk of the dialogue, building the scenes organically. The result is a refreshing and insightful variation on the typical romantic comedy that is also surprisingly thought-provoking.

Help us close out another fantastic year of Reeling after the Closing Night screening and join us for the Official After Party at Matilda, just a few blocks away from the Landmark at 3101 N. Sheffield Ave! The party starts at 11pm immediately following the screening of our Official Closing Night Film, DEATH IN BUENOS AIRES. Your film+party ticket is good for a free Lagunitas beer, plus light appetizers generously provided by Matilda.