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Film Review: Matcha & Vanilla (2021) by Hamish Downie


A chance romantic encounter at a bar between two lesbians, Yuko an AI, proves to be the spark that leads to a lifelong relationship. However, when one of them is diagnosed with terminal cancer, the two have to face both the emotions tied to death as well as a system that does not recognize their relationship in the legal system.

"Matcha & Vanilla" review is part of the Submit Your Film Initiative

Focusing on the injustices LGBTQ+ couples face in conservative Japan, "Match & Vanilla" offers a touching portrait of love between two women that transcends the messaging. Undeniably, the director understands that the best way to approach issues lies in making a compelling story first and foremost. Consequently, regardless of orientation or understanding of the system in place for gay/lesbian couples in Japan, the narrative will resonate with anyone who has fe

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