Run Time: 93 min Release Date: Jul 30, 2013 Year Produced: 2011 Rating: Not Rated Language: English/Closed Captions Directed by: Thom Fitzgerald Starring: Ryan Doucette, Brenda Fricker, Olympia Dukakis
This film appeals to: Lesbian audiences

Available in USA only.

“A beautifully acted and engaging love story. Prepare to laugh, cry, and fall a little bit in love with Stella and Dotty.” —

The first time two Oscar-winners have portrayed same-sex lovers on screen!

This hilarious foul-mouthed, lesbian road movie co-stars Oscar®-winning actresses Brenda Fricker and Olympia Dukakis as Dot and Stella, a crackerjack lesbian couple on the run from a nursing home. You’ll laugh so hard you’ll cry.

Stella and Dot have been together for 31 years and have faithfully accompanied one another through life’s ups and downs. Now in their seventies, Stella is hard of hearing and Dot is legally blind.

Dotty’s prudish granddaughter, Molly (played by Genie Award-winner Kristin Booth), decides the best place for Dot is a nursing home that will provide all the necessities. This forces Stella and Dot to make a bold decision: they will leave their hometown and make their way to Canada, where same-sex marriage is legal. It’s a last-gap bid to stay together.

En route to Canada, they pick up a young hitchhiker, Prentice, played by newcomer Ryan Doucette. A small-town boy turned modern dancer, he is returning to Nova Scotia to visit his dying mother. Despite his bravado, Prentice is a confused and wounded soul who has much to learn from Stella and Dot as they wage their own unexpected battle – after three decades, can they keep their family together?

Awards & Press Quotes

“A rousing, frequently rowdy comedy with considerable crossover appeal. . . Dukakis outdoes even her most memorable earlier turns.” – Variety

“Must-see road film with a new twist at just about every turn . . . brilliant and witty” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“Virtuoso performances from Oscar-winning actresses Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker in this uproarious dramedy” – Palm Springs International Film Festival

“Dukakis turns in a magnificent performance . . . moving and funny.” – The Fresno Bee

“A genuinely hilarious and touching lesbian road movie, probably the best since Thelma and Louise.” –  Berkshire on Stage

“Poignant” –

“Dukakis and Fricker make a wonderful team.” – Huffington Post

“Dukakis posits a transformative performance . . . uniformly perfect in the film.” – Atlanta Film Fest Review

★★★★ “Heart-breakingly funny crowd pleaser.” –

“This exquisite film gives it all: a beautiful love story, a daring road trip, laugh out loud humor, and an unforgettable journey of the heart. . . This is a film you will always remember.” – The Rainbow Times

★★★★1/2  “Dukakis and Fricker are outstanding!” – When Sally Met Sally UK

★★★★ “It’s one of the few unabashedly sentimental celebrations of love I’ve seen in quite some time.” – Greg Klymkiw, Canadian Film Corner


Audience Award for Best Film – Frameline San Francisco
Palm Springs International Film Festiaval – Best of the Fest Selection
Atlanta Film Festival – Grand Jury Peach Prize for Best Feature
QFest St. Louis – Narrative Feature Audience Choice Award
Best Narrative Feature (Juried)- FilmOut San Diego
Audience Choice for Best Narrative Feature – FilmOut San Diego
Best Actress in a Feature (Olympia Dukakis) – FilmOut San Diego
Best Direction (Thom Fitzgerald) – FilmOut San Diego
Philadelphia QFest – Audience Award – Best Feature Film
Audience Award for Best Women’s Feature – North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Feature – Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Feature – Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Overall Feature – Out on Film Atlanta
Jury Award for Best Film – Out on Film Atlanta
Jury Award for Best Actress (Olympia Dukakis) – Out on Film Atlanta
Best Actress (Olympia Dukakis) – Asheville QFest
Best Supporting Actress (Brenda Fricker) – Asheville QFest
Audience Award – Spokane Film Festival
Audience Award – Shout Queer Film Festival
Audience Award Finalist – Gotham Independent Film Awards
Atlantic Film Festival – People’s Choice Award for Best Film of the Festival
Atlantic Film Festival – Michael Weir Atlantic Canada Award for Best Screenplay
Cinéfest Sudbury Int’l Film Festival – Audience Choice Award for Best Film
Edmonton Int’l Film Festival – Best Canadian Independent Film
Vancouver Int’l Film Festival – Top Ten Most Popular Canadian Film Award
Image+Nation Montreal GLBT Film Festival – Best Feature Film Award
ReelOut Kingston – Best Narrative Feature
Victoria Film Festival – Best Canadian Feature
Rainbow Reels Waterloo – People’s Choice Best Film
Outview Greece – Best Film Award
Audience Award for Best Feature – OutTakes New Zealand
Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature- Milan MIX Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature – Barcelona Int’l Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Audience Award – MIX Copenhagen
Audience Award – Perlen Queer Film Festival