“Michelle”
(segment 1972)

Released:
March 5, 2000 

Drama, Romance

Los Angeles, California, USA
Pasadena, California, USA

Edith Tree (Vanessa Redgrave), Abby Hedley (Marian Seldes), Linda (Michelle Williams), Amy (Chloƫ Sevigny), Karen (Nia Long), Fran (Sharon Stone), Kal (Ellen DeGeneres),
Director:
Jane Anderson, Martha Coolidge, Anne Heche
Writer:
Jane Anderson, Sylvia Sichel, Alex Sichel, Anne Heche

About the Movie

Semi-follow up of the first “If These Walls Could Talk” with three segments set in the same house, but with different occupants which spans nearly 40 years. While the first film delt with women and the topic of abortion, this deals with women and the topic of lesbianism.

Storyline:

1961:
When Abby dies of a stroke, her surviving partner of 50 years, Edith, must silently face heartbreak and the denial of her status as “family” by the hospital and Abby’s heirs.

1972:
Linda, a feminist, out, college student is ousted, along with her lesbian cohorts, from the on-campus womens’ group: the cause of feminism comes first, apparently. In an attempt to forget their troubles, the friends go to the only lesbian bar in town, where Linda meets Amy, who is too butch to pass muster with Linda’s friends. Intrigued, despite her friends’ disapproval, Linda comes to understand and fall in love with Amy while learning about her own prejudices.

2000:
Fran and Kal want to have a baby. But they want the baby to be theirs and theirs alone, so to the sperm bank they go. But the decisions to be made! Ordering over the internet? Which donor? What race? What gender? And what if the sperm bank is out of that particular perfect donor? And above all, is it right to bring a baby into a world that will undoubtedly be prejudiced? Or will love and laughter see them through?