COLORS AND CINEMAS: THE BEAUTY BEHIND THE AWARD-WINNING LGBT FILMS

It is true that the beauty behind the smiles and laughter of the LGBTQ+ community are seen not only in pride month and pride march, but also in TV series and movies where numerous actors are acclaimed because of their remarkable performances.

We cannot deny that Thai BL series is on-trend in our social media news feeds nowadays. The love and kilig it brings to a lot of Filipino fans are all over the place particularly to the trending love team of Tine and Sarawat from 2gether: The Series!

Since the LGBTQ+ community orchestrates a new and different perspective of gender roles in the society and the world as a whole, it is time to expand out horizons in knowing what’s behind these intriguing and controversial topics through movies.

As we think on how to use our time during ECQ, I bet it is also better to binge-watch some LGBT themed movies. I have listed my top six personal favorites and I am certain that these films will surely make you inspired, fall and believe in love, and cry at the same time!

MAURICE (1987)

“Did you dream you had a friend? Someone to last your whole life?”

Maurice Hall (portrayed by James Wilby)

Duration: 2 hours and 21 minutes

Main Casts: James Wilby, Hugh Grant and Rupert Graves

A British romantic drama film based on the novel “Maurice” by E. M. Forster, that talks about the story of coming to terms with one’s sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. In the film which was set in 1909, Maurice and Clive find themselves falling in love at Cambridge in which by that time, homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment, and considered as an illness that needs to be cured.

See full trailer: https://youtu.be/78jkhPQBfcg

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005)

“I wish I knew how to quit you.”

Jack Twist (portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal)

Duration: 2 hours and 14 minutes

Main Casts: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway

An American romantic drama film based on the short story “Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proulx that tells about the epic love story of two young men named Ennis and Jack, who meet in the summer of 1963 in Wyoming and Texas to work as sheep herders. These two develop a sexual and emotional relationship and later becomes complicated when both of them get married to their respective girlfriends.

See full trailer: https://youtu.be/kMA30rThECg

HOLDING THE MAN (2015)

“We love each other, Dad. There’s nothing you can do about it.”

John Caleo (portrayed by Craig Stott)

Duration: 2 hours and 8 minutes

Main Casts: Ryan Corr and Craig Stott

Available on Netflix

An Australian romantic drama film adapted from Timothy Conigrave’s 1995 memoir that features the story of Tim and Jon who meet and fell in love in the mid-70s in an all-boys high school in Melbourne and embarked on a forbidden romance at their time. These two conquered countless prejudices and challenger for 15 years until something happened unexpectedly.

See full trailer: https://youtu.be/2YdJUorviNA

THE DANISH GIRL (2015)

“This is not my body. I have to let it go.”

Einar Wegener (portrayed by Eddie Redmayne)

Duration: 2 hours

Main Casts: Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander

A Danish biographical romantic drama film based in David Ebershoff’s novel “The Danish Girl” that was set in the mid-1920s in Copenhagen and focuses on the lives of the couple and painters Einar and Gerda. The film unmasks Einar’s struggle with his gender identity which was later supported by his wife Gerda in his desire to undergo sex-change operation.

See full trailer: https://youtu.be/d88APYIGkjk

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (2017)

“Call me by your name and I’ll call you by mine.”

Oliver (portrayed by Armie Hammer)

Duration: 2 hours and 12 minutes

Main Casts: Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer

A coming-of-age romantic drama film based on André Aciman’s novel “Call Me by Your Name” set in the summer of 1983 in Northern Italy. The film features the story of Elio, a 17 year old boy who soon meets Oliver, a doctoral student who works as an intern for Elio’s father. Amidst the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the beauty of awakening desire that will change their lives forever.

See full trailer: https://youtu.be/Z9AYPxH5NTM

RAINBOW’S SUNSET (2018)

“Bilang na ang araw ni Fredo. Gusto kong alagaan siya hanggang sa huli niyang hininga.”

Ramon Estrella (portrayed by Eddie Garcia)

Duration: 1 hour and 50 minutes

Main Casts: Eddie Garcia, Tony Mabesa and Gloria Romero

A Filipino family drama film that tells the story of Ramon, an 84 year old man who comes out as gay to his children in his senior years, to take care of his cancer-stricken lover, Fredo. The film unravels the origin of Ramon and Fredo’s love story and later becomes complicated when Ramon marries Sylvia. In the present, Ramon was torn in fulfilling his duties as a husband and father to his family and as a lover to his true love, Fredo.

See full trailer: https://youtu.be/NNqgK53nbvU

In general, these movies are brilliant for its in-depth and exceptional storytelling. A lot of viewers and movie critics gave their utmost commendations as it serve as an excellent platform to promote inclusivity and acceptance in diminishing a lot of society’s masculine ideals. It encompasses a message of hope to the viewers that I think made these films award-winning.

These movies are for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression! I am with the society in the hopes of breaking this stigma against the LGBTQ+ community!

A gentle reminder, don’t forget to prepare a roll of tissue beside you! You will cry a lot for sure! Don’t tell me I did not warn you! Hahaha. Let me know your thoughts and reviews after watching these films! Enjoy watching!

Published by Cyrel Rodriguez

Sir Cy is a full-time college instructor at Cavite State University-Indang Campus.

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