2018 saw the film industry become more eager to tackle stories and issues about the LGBTQ+ community on the big screen. Both the mainstream and indie scene produced compelling, all-time gems such as the ones listed below:
Raising a child is not a piece of cake. Among the many nuances of parenting is the need of the child to be accepted for who he is an individual, his sexuality included.
‘A Kid Like Jake’ narrates a story of parents to a 4-year-old who enjoys gender-expansive play and how the society looks upon this matter. The movie is a daring little drama of love and acceptance, directed by Silas Howard from a screenplay by Daniel Pearle.
Based on Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir, the story is about Jared, a son of a Baptist preacher is sent to a gay conversion camp, a form of reparative therapy that attempts to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity through psychological or spiritual means.
‘Boy Erased’ makes a stand about how homosexuality is neither a phase nor a psychological dysfunction that can be cured.
Based on the popular young adult novel by Becky Albertalli titled ‘Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda’, ‘Love, Simon’ is a fun and surprisingly deep film that sets a new standard for the teen comedy genre while also breaking new ground in its portrayal of a coming-out story.
Love, Simon is an endearing and entertaining update of a traditional high school rom-com for more enlightened times.
‘Sorry Angel’ tells the story of two men navigating their feelings for one another in 1993 – a time where, although the initial shock and stigma of AIDS had faded, the disease was still considered as terminal.
This Christophe Honore’s radiant film exemplifies sensuality and mortality, a tale of sex and death, desire and disease, love and friendship — of one man coming into his own and another preparing to say goodbye to the world.
Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ tells the story of the titular character’s struggle with homosexuality as she is sent to a gay conversion camp after her parents died from a car crash.
Lizzie is a psychological thriller based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family and is a distinctly feminist take on the notorious Lizzie Borden. The film follows the story of an accused axe murderess played by Chloe Sevigny who falls in love with an Irish maid, played by Kristen Stewart.
Duck Butter is a sweetly funny movie about a woman and her journey into self-acceptance and growth. The heartfelt authenticity that overcomes structural familiarity in this tender lesbian romance makes this film an instant classic.
With all its dizzying highs and heartbreaking betrayals, the flick will remind you that love moves in mysterious ways and comes in different shapes and sizes.