'Loves': A blurry view of bisexuality

Out of emotional chaos, bisexuality is born.

That seems to be the theory in this TV movie about a confused woman who turns to another woman, a lesbian, in her moment of need.

Recent TV movies have explored male homosexuality. Now we have a film that takes a different, fuzzy view of lesbianism. Is she or isn't she? No one knows for sure-especially her male and female lovers.

Mariette Hartley plays Gial, a recently widowed mother of a 16-year-0ld daughter. Gail's shyness turns to enthusiasm as she explores new sexual territory. Her guide is her boss, Majorie (Lynn Redgrave), who seduces her and then assumes their bond will last forever.

Complicating the women's relationship isGail's affiar with Ben (Barry Newman), her late husband's best friend, who starts making demands she can't handle. And her daughter-who knows nothing of mom's affair with Marjorie-deplores her alliance with Ben.

When Gail's mother (Sada Thompson) walks in on her daughter and "the other woman" in a more-than-friends embrace, she naturally freaks. That's when Gail must ask herself those tough questions, to which she finds one glib and easy answer.

The climatic scene, when Gail confronts both her lovers, is silly, reminiscent of one of those Agatha Christie movies when Hercule Poirot rounsdd up the suspects and plays "this is your life."

Instead of understanding this woman's conflicts, we get annoyed with her. She's such a bundle of tears and confusion that few of her motivations make sense.

Hartley turns in an affecting performance but, eventually, the shallowness of her character undermines her. Redgrave leers a lot and comes out iwth such lines as "We don't all wear black leather and ride Harley-Davidsons."

My Two Loves just doesn't fly right. Markedly rendered, the situation is improbable, the drama, too like a soap opera.


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