In praise of Old Boyfriends, a long overlooked portrait of female identity

Dianne is not necessarily a character drawn out of the filmmaker’s own act of transference, but her quest for identity in a male-dominated world feels in keeping with Tewkesbury’s own career path. Old Boyfriends is, admittedly, a rather odd film. With her third boyfriend, who is discovered to have died in the film’s most complex and destructive narrative thread, Dianne instead involves herself with his younger brother Wayne (Keith Carradine), who has suffered severe mental health issues since his brother’s death. In praise of Old Boyfriends, a long overlooked portrait…