Jude Dry. What, in fact, is a lesbian? Must the film focus primarily on a gay storyline, or can it feature strong lesbian characters doing something entirely different than just being lesbians? Is subtext enough?
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This past weekend at the box office was particularly gay. Not to mention, the Marvel big bad Thanos took over over Earth in hopes of obtaining a collection of fine jewelry. In celebration of all this queerness, Vulture has assembled a list of 40 essential lesbian love stories from around the world: movies that will make you laugh, make you cry, and then make you cry so violently you want to throw up. But all of them will hit you right square in the heart. A lesbian love story made in the s! The Killing of Sister George You have to give it up for the legacy lesbian movies. Desert Hearts In this period piece set in , an English professor named Vivian Helen Shaver divorces her husband and sets out for the West. While set up in Reno, Nevada, she meets Cay Rivvers Patricia Charbonneau , who draws Vivian out with her boldness and her big personality. The s were still early for lesbians on film, and Hearts was notable for not portraying the lead characters as awful people or subjecting them to terrible torment.
No but really, we all like different things, and this list reflects our continued efforts to share some of our — and your — favorite things with you. With a few exceptions, this list reflects most of the films mentioned by two or more commenters that we felt qualified to talk about. What are those exceptions? Your time has come. We have returned to separate the wheat from the shaft, to extract your suffering lesbionic cinematic soul from the depths of terrible. Whereas Tala keeps getting engaged and calling off her weddings a the last minute, Leyla vacilates between wanting to pleas her family and harboring secret desires to become a writer and bang chicks. Sparks fly. What snowballs into a friendship quickly turns sexy when the two women on a trip together end up sleeping together. Do these crazy kids get together? Just great acting, quick edits, tons of funny moments and compelling political conversation that never verges on tedious.
Glen Weldon. IFC Films hide caption. The process of coming to terms with one's sexuality varies widely, depending on the individual — it can be scary, invigorating, heartbreaking, life-affirming; usually it's some complex combination of those feelings and more. What does not vary in the process of coming out is the fact that it is a process. It has a timeline, and not necessarily a smooth one. It's marked by fits and starts, denials and avowals, fraught conversations in somebody's car, the fear of rejection and, hopefully, the relief of acceptance. That fact also serves, intentionally or not, to cause these films to concern themselves more expressly with Queer Identity than Queer Desire. It's not a zero-sum game, of course: Coming out is an affirmation of Queer Identity, but it's bound up inextricably with Queer Desire. Yet movies keep artificially separating the two to focus on one over the other.