Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections

TELEVISION REVIEW

Dressed in black, but happy anyway

In 'Goth Cruise,' goths young and old join 'norms' sailing to the Caribbean, and good fun is had by all.

November 27, 2008|ROBERT LLOYD | TELEVISION CRITIC

In "Goth Cruise," 150 vacationing goths join 2,500 "norms" on a really, really big ship on a trip from New Jersey to Bermuda and back. Directed by Jeanie Finlay, a recovered goth, this happy little documentary premieres today on the Independent Film Channel's IFC Free video-on-demand channel. (The film has been running since midnight and is available locally via DirecTV and the Charter cable network.)

It's a sweet, beautifully shot movie about people in black -- black lace, black vinyl, black hair, black nails -- people who have found the shared thing that allows them to be not like everyone else and yet not be like nobody else.

Notwithstanding a certain delight in "freaking the mundanes," their theatrical yet heartfelt embrace of life's dark side proves to be a way to feel not strange, but normal.

"I can bond with these people, and I can take back the word 'freak,' " says Amanda, a doll-faced girl Tim Burton might have dreamed up. She was manic-depressive and bullied as a teenager. Now she's a goth newlywed.

The contrast between Finlay's subjects, who come in many ages and sizes, and the gaudy vessel that contains them -- it seems to have been designed as a place where a pinball machine might go for a drink -- could not be more stark.

But they're there for vacation fun, just like the mundanes. They taste wine, cram in the hot tub, splash in the Caribbean, dance to Bauhaus -- happy, but reserving the right to be sad.

--

robert.lloyd@latimes.com

--

'Goth Cruise'

Where: IFC Free (video on demand)

When: Starting today

Rating: Not rated

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|