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“Sometimes I feel like if you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you - sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, then you would live forever.” 

list of favorite gay films

I wanted to make a list of my favorite gay-themed films for reference. A lot of these tend to be coming of age stories, which I tend to have a more personal connection with. Hopefully you guys enjoy some of these films as much as I did. 

In no particular order…

Short films:

-Ronny & I (2013) 

-Lloyd Neck (2008)

-I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone (2010)

-We Once Were Tide (2010)

-Protect Me From What I Want (2009)

-Prora (2012)

-Uitgesproken (2013)

-Homophobia (2012)

-Slow (2011) [NSFW]


Movies:

-The Way He Looks (2014)

-Jongens (2014)

-Out in the Dark (2012)

-Shelter (2007)

-Prayers for Bobby (2009)

-Brokeback Mountain (2005)

-North Sea Texas (2011)


That’s it for now! Will probably be updating in the future. 

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Putting these two movies together is not coincidental. Apart of different places of filming (Brazil and The Netherlands) they have a lot things in common. Acting plot is about awaking sexual consciousness in growing up boys. They share first innocent kisses and experience overwhelming fascination towards each other. The drama turns out slightly childish and kind of cliché in a manner of further movie scenes. However, you cannot blame an ordinary teenage life which is captured here at school, summer camp and while fooling around in the lake or chilling at the swimming pool. Speaking of water, it seems to have a dual meaning and it can be perceived as a birth of something new and unusual - the beginning of uncomfortable yet tempting feeling. There’s something charming and moving in this attraction-repulsion fight that main characters are forcing with. Nevertheless, they need to face up to an inner struggle with their own identity. Only then, they’re finding a peace riding away on a (motor)bike. Together.

Lgbt movies/movies that had lgbt characters in them that I’ve watched recently and really enjoyed:

  • Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho/The Way He Looks (2014 - Brazil)
    Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel.
  • The Imitation Game (2014 - UK/USA)
    During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
  • Freier Fall/Free Fall (2013 - Germany)
    A promising career with the police, a baby on the way, Marc’s life seems to be right on track. Then he meets fellow policeman Kay and during their regular jogs Marc experiences a never-before-felt sense of ease and effortlessness, and what it means to fall in love with another man.
  • Jongens/Boys (2014 - The Netherlands)
    A sexually awakening gay teen athlete finds himself in a budding relationship with his relay race teammate. He engages in a lonely struggle with himself when it emerges that Marc is also in love with him.
  • Noordzee, Texas/North sea, Texas (2011 - Belgium)
    Pim lives in a run-down house in a dead-end street somewhere at the Belgian coast, together with his mother. As a kid Pim dreams of a better life, imagining princesses and beauty queens. But when Pim turns 16 he dreams of Gino, the boy next door, instead.