“Mark Slutsky and Sarah Watts’s story benefits from being rooted in Watts’s own experience growing up gay in the 1990s.”
“A sweet debut and a welcome addition to the lesbian canon… It’s a promising feature with an original focus, handled with romantic dexterity and thoughtful wisdom.”
“Powerful first feature.”
– Chris Knight, Original Cin
“Anchored by raw performances, a sensitive attention to the interplay between nature and nurture, and a micro-budget approach that grounds even the film’s most familiar moments in a place of truth – a truth, if not the Truth – “You Can Live Forever” is a sweetly moving story about two people weighing the promise of eternal life against a potential slice of heaven right here on Earth.”
“The performances are exceptional… a real chemistry between the two that gives the film a prickling jolt of authenticity.”
2023 · Drama · LGBTQ+ · Romance · 96 MIN
Directed by Sarah Watts & Mark Slutsky
Written by Sarah Watts & Mark Slutsky
Produced by Robert Vroom
When lesbian teen Jaime is sent to live in a Jehovah’s Witness community, she falls hard for a devout Witness girl and the two embark on an intense affair with conse- quences that will reshape the rest of their lives.
Synopsis: In the early ‘90s, gay teen Jaime is sent to live with her devout Jehovah’s Witness relatives after the death of her father. Jaime makes an unexpected connection with Marike, daughter of a prominent Witness Elder. The two are instantly drawn to each other, and begin a secret, unspoken romance. But when their attraction becomes too obvious to hide, the community moves to separate the two, forcing them each to make a terrible choice between faith and love.