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Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement

Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement

This beautiful, very human documentary not only highlights the civil rights issue of our day, but gives an overview of American gay history by connecting the dots of events over four decades as seen through the eyes of Edie & Thea, a passionate & unlikely couple. Marriage equality is a loaded phrase no matter what your beliefs. After 27 1/2 years of living and loving, the couple flies to Ontario to be married by the first openly gay judge in Canada, Harvey Brownstone. This is no small feat, as Thea is wheelchair bound with MS and a cadre of six people accompany them on this love affirming journey. Backing up a bit…Thea’s family escaped from Holland just ahead of the Nazi’s and came to America when she was a girl. She is outed as a young woman with difficult consequences. As an adult she is a successful psychologist. Edie, a self proclaimed “good girl”, made a valiant effort to “go straight” while she rode the front edge of the computer age working at IBM. Over a period of two years the two would meet at parties with dates or partners only to finding themselves dancing together as their respective gals waited impatiently in the wings for the evening to end. Finally, they met again when Thea is between lovers and the sparks fly. And fly and fly and fly. For 40 years. What can I say? See this film. Watch the special features. It is a celebration of love through the good, the bad, and even the end.

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