Everything Relative

Director: Sharon Pollack
Screenwriters: Sharon Pollack

Institute History

  • 1996 Sundance Film Festival


Clearly a labor of love by writer, director, and producer Sharon Pollack, Everything Relative charts the reunion of a group of women (all lesbian, except for one who’s straight) who went to school and performed together in a political theater troupe during the 1970s. One of the couples within the group has a Bris for their newborn baby, and this odd occasion brings the friends back together. They discover that over the years, they have developed very differently and even grown apart, and when the euphoria of reunion wears off, they are forced to confront these changes in themselves. As they visit their old haunts and catch up on each other’s lives, they question their understanding of family as it relates to their sexuality and politics in a modern age.

A smart, snappy ensemble cast creates quick-witted group repartee. The banter is funny and engaging, revealing the inner strengths and weaknesses of each individual. But enlightenment bears a heavy emotional burden, and in this weekend of remembrance, these friends must reexamine their friendship as well as their changing identity as women.

— Christian Gaines

Screening Details

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