“Camp Belvidere” explores a passionate 1950s love affair


Camp Belvidere is a lesbian romance set in the late 1950’s. The story follows Rose (Molly Way); a bold and vibrant young woman and leader at Camp Belvidere, who over the years has developed an unlikely friendship with the Camp Nurse. Gin (Astrid Ovalles), the Camp Nurse, is a composed and well-traveled cartoon2woman, who has lived a lonesome, closeted life, with the belief that there is no hope of romantic happiness for her. She is very much a product of the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Camp Belvidere from Recluse Films on Vimeo.

The story is set in motion on a hot summer day, at Gin’s Cabin, when Rose displays romantic interest toward Gin; setting the woman on a roller-coaster of inner conflict and doubt. She battles her attraction to the girl, while struggling with the implications of Rose’s future as lesbian in the 1950’s. Gin tries to steer the young woman away from lesbianism, and in the process reconnects with the vulnerability and passionate feelings that she had stonewalled from the world and from cartoon3herself. At the same time, Rose’s youth, optimism, and willingness to risk all for truth, challenge Gin’s beliefs. Rose is consumed by the powerful drive of having discovered her feelings for Gin and bulldozes through obstacles in order to gain Gin’s affection and approval.

This is very much a story about emotional growth, mutual attraction, and a relationship where the roles of mentor-mentee are crisscrossed. The influential roles are reversed causing Gin and Rose to find qualities within themselves and in each other that ultimately allow them to evolve as emotional beings at a time when their place in society was dictated by others and threatened even by the chemistry between them.

“If you happen to find that you have a spare forty minutes free during your day, I highly recommend that you spend it watching Camp Belvidere” – Curve Magazine


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