The Book of Gabrielle

The Book of Gabrielle

The Book of Gabrielle is a 2016 comedy-drama film directed and starring by Lisa Gornick. The film also stars Anna Koval and Allan Corduner.


Book illustrator Gabrielle is writing an illustrated guidebook on sex called How To Do It. At a book signing, she meets Saul, an established heterosexual male writer. She both loves and hates his work which has seeped into her secular Jewish life from childhood. The more Gabrielle tells him about her book the more he wants to know about her life, the relationship with her younger girlfriend, Olivia, and her determination to "stop using my penis in sex". As her book takes form, their friendship is tested as is Gabrielle's relationship with Olivia. The film muses on how we write, how we draw, and what influences us.