In East Los Angeles, three young misfit women find solace in an unapologetic, feminist bicycle crew. They call themselves the Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade.
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★★★½ review by la femme hystérique on Letterboxd
★★★★ review by Courtney Small on Letterboxd
I will definitely be showing my daughter this film when she is older. Frankly, I cannot wait for the day that she and all her female friends storm the streets with the same empowering confidence as the young women in Ovarian Psycos. On a side note, this film would make for a great double bill alongside 12 O'Clock Boys.
★★★½ review by Jason Bailey on Letterboxd
The opening music is dreamlike, and the images are striking: women on their bikes, riding through East LA, with bandanas over their faces like Wild West bandits. They are the Ovarian Psycos, an “all women of color bicycling brigade,” and this immersive documentary by Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-Lavelle captures their scene – as well as the social and economic world and personal tragedies that shaped it. The personalities are vivid and the filmmaking is both mournful and exuberant, capturing these streets, their stories, and their world.
★★★★★ review by Ciara O on Letterboxd
★★★½ review by Rick Kelley on Letterboxd
Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-Lavalle’s new documentary profiles profiles the titular group of young womxn in East L.A., who for several years have been organizing and staging communal rides as a means of empowerment, visibility, and resistance.
Ovarian Psychos is powerful, if a bit overstuffed: there’s simply a lot to talk about, at times perhaps too much all at once. But Sokolowski and Trumbull-Lavalle do an admirable job of juggling themes and working to integrate the issues in ways that mirror the intersectionality of the Psychos’ own approach. Ultimately, it's inspiring and rad as hell.
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