Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Sympathy Card

Year: 2019
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 94 minutes

The Sympathy Card
The Sympathy Card
The Sympathy Card
The Sympathy Card

Look no further for one of the most wildly funny and frequently moving lesbian romantic comedies of the year. Emma and Josie are newlyweds who are thrown a major life curveball when Emma’s cancer escalates to a point where she must consider life for her partner after she passes. As a “deathbed wish” to her wife, Emma demands that Josie begin dating other women during their last months together so Emma can ensure Josie has someone to love and care for her. An awkward flirt to say the least, Josie helplessly flails about on a series of tragically comic dates until Siobhan, the attractive local florist, enters the picture. With sky-high stakes and each person’s fragile heart on the line, this queer love triangle suddenly finds themselves navigating an impossible whirlwind of a situation to hilarious and heartbreaking effect. With a whip-smart screenplay and an impressive ensemble at the top of their game, THE SYMPATHY CARD is a singularly modern love story not to be missed. — R.J.T.

CIFF44 Screenings

Monday, March 30, 2020 at 7:15 PM

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 2:10 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No


American Independents Competition


Brendan Boogie

Petey J. Gibson, Phil Healy, Brendan Boogie

Brendan Boogie

Amanda McGrady

Brendan Boogie

Principal Cast
Nika Ezell Pappas, Petey J. Gibson, Lauren Neal, Grayson Powell, Kelly MacFarland

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