Beauty, laugh and tears.
Last year I started a list of favourite LGBT films in time for Pride. Each of the below stuck with me often because of their raw and real representation of love in its most complex and amazing forms.
I will keep this list alive as I go and publish new additions in June-July, to correspond with the celebration of Pride in London.
Laurence Anyway (Xavier Dolan)
The love story of a woman, Fred, and her transgender boyfriend Laurence. Set during the late 1980s/early 1990s, this beautiful story spans a decade, chronicling the doomed yet amazingly powerful love between Fred and Laurence. A beautiful story of giving and acceptance.
La vie d’Adele (or ‘Blue is the warmest colour’ -Abdellatif Kechiche)
A French teen (Adèle Exarchopoulos) forms a deep emotional and sexual connection with an older art student (Léa Seydoux) she meets in a lesbian bar. A beautifully acted coming of age film that touches right to the core of what makes the pains and joys of discovering oneself, love and sexuality.
Weekend (Andrew Haigh)
After a house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what’s expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special. A story about one of those beautiful fleeting moments we have all lived one day and cherish forever.
Dallas buyer’s club (Jean-Marc Vallée)
In mid-1980s Texas, electrician Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is stunned to learn that he has AIDS. Though told that he has just 30 days left to live, Woodroof refuses to give in to despair. He seeks out alternative therapies and smuggles unapproved drugs into the U.S. from wherever he can find them. Woodroof joins forces with a fellow AIDS patient (Jared Leto) and begins selling the treatments to the growing number of people who can’t wait for the medical establishment to save them.
Bad education (Pedro Almodovar)
When an old friend brings filmmaker Enrique Goded (Fele Martínez) a semi-autobiographical script chronicling their adolescence, Enrique is forced to relive his youth spent at a Catholic boarding school. Weaving through past and present, the script follows a transvestite performer (Gael García Bernal) who reconnects with a grade school sweetheart. Spurred on by this chance encounter, the character reflects on her childhood sexual victimization and the trauma of closeting her sexual orientation.
Lilting (Hong Kahou)
In contemporary London, a Cambodian Chinese mother mourns the untimely death of her son. Her world is further disrupted by the presence of a stranger. We observe their difficulties in trying to connect with one another without a common language, as through a translator they begin to piece together memories of a man they both loved.
Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
Three stages in the life of a boy coming of age in Liberty City, Florida. The film explores Chiron’s difficulties expressing his individuality and sexuality in an impoverished society with rigid gender roles ridden by exaggerated masculinity, physical and emotional violence. Moonlight is the first LGBT film with an all black cast.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Stephan Elliott)
The adventure of two drag queens and a transsexual travelling across the Australian outback to perform their cabaret show. ‘Priscilla’ packs in some cult lines, outrageous costumes and a good dose of ABBA. A film full of energy and colours that always puts a grin on my face – I saw the musical version five times!
What movies are you watching this Pride?