By Debbie Elicksen.

Cloudburst (2011) was a delightful film, one of those gems you happen upon when you least expect it. It was written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald. Olympia Dukakis (Stella) and Brenda Fricker (Dot) provide a heartwarming performance.

It is the story of a lesbian couple who have been together for 31 years. Both in their 70s, Stella is off-color with her remarks and a bit hard of hearing while Dot is blind. Dot’s granddaughter Molly (Kristin Booth) has no idea the two are a couple when she tries to place Dot in a nursing home. Stella sneaks in and takes Dot on the road as they make their escape for Canada. They pick up a hitchhiker (Ryan Doucette) along the way, who ends up being an accomplice and a disciple for the couple.

Cloudburst teaches you to measure life by days.

This movie will have you smile and laugh all the way through. It is a wonderful film that will leave you grinning when you think about it days, if not weeks after you watch it. This movie gets five stars out of five.

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