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Chiara / May 4, 2016 , Wed / queer movies i've watched recently

I found myself having watched three LGBTQIA+ movies in the last two weeks, and I thought I would go ahead and share some short thoughts on them because they’re LGBTQIA+, which is important, and they’re also movies, which I love. (All the source links will take you to IMDb.)

1. holding the man

holding the man


Holding the Man was a movie I’d been looking forward to for ages. It’s a story about two guys who meet and fall in love in high school, and it follows them through quite a lot of years of their life. To be honest, I was expecting to like it a lot more than I ended up liking it. I thought it would be one of those movies that completely ripped me apart and left me sobbing at the end (I’m looking at you, RENT). There was a particular moment that had me in tears because it was heartbreaking, but overall, I didn’t quite feel for this story in the way I thought I would.

I still 100% recommend it, though. It’s got a tonne of lovely moments, and I feel like it was a really raw and emotional depiction of the relationship between Tim and John (who are actually real. This is based off an autobiographical book written by Tim), and how both their lives were affected by HIV/AIDS.

2. the normal heart

normal heart


The Normal Heart broke me. It was one of those moments where I could let myself spiral down into a blackhole of despair and tears. The Normal Heart follows a fictional character through the initial discovery and subsequent epidemic of HIV/AIDS. I knew things were bad for the gay community back then – I think everyone knows that. But some of the events in this movie had me completely shocked. I don’t know if this kind of shit actually happened, but I’m guessing it did since this story is a semi-autobiographical account from the man who wrote it.

The main character, Ned, is angry. He wants HIV/AIDS to be recognised, and he’s frustrated as all hell at the fact that no one was willing to do that. His friends give him a lot of flack for that, but to be honest, I couldn’t blame him. Hell, I was angry as all hell watching how HIV/AIDS was completely dismissed by everyone they spoke to.

One of the best aspects of this movie is the relationship that develops between Ned and Felix It’s absolutely gorgeous, and will leave you wrecked. I 100% recommend The Normal Heart.

3. pride



I was recommended this movie by the lovely Romi, and finally got around to watching it (she rec’d it at Christmas). It was completely different to the previous two movies I’d watched. In general, it was a lot more light-hearted. It follows the story of a group called Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), which wanted to raise money to assist the mining communities back in the eighties. All towns except one refused their help.

Pride was, on the whole, pretty adorable. The latent homophobia expressed by some of the people in the mining town was a difficult pill to swallow sometimes, but the overall acceptance and support of LGSM was heartwarming. As with both Holding the Man and The Normal Heart, HIV/AIDS did play a role in this movie (which isn’t really surprising since they were all set in the 1980s). There were a lot of sweet moments in Pride, however, and it was incredibly enjoyable overall.

I really liked all three of these movies, but if I had to pick a favourite, it would be The Normal Heart. But seriously, all these movies were absolutely gorgeous. I really want to try and find more LGBTQIA+ movies to watch, especially ones that don’t just focus on the G, and also have some intersectional diversity in them, as well.

Have you seen any of these movies? Do you want to? Have you got an LGBTQIA+ movies you recommend?


6 Responses to queer movies i’ve watched recently (#1)

  1. Ah, I have been searching for some lovely LGBT film recommendations lately, so it appears that you read my mind ;) A question – have you seen the film Milk? It follows the true story of Harvey Milk, who was an ardent LGBT activist at a time when that was a not a wise decision at all. Truly a wonderful, at times heartbreaking, & informative film. I felt like crying and cheering in alternative moments. I think you would adore it. <3

    • Chiara says:

      I must have posted this for you then, lovely! ;D I hope that one (or all) of these are what you’ve been searching for. I actually haven’t! It’s been on my t-watch list for a very long time, though, so I should probably hop to it and finally watch it, especially if it comes recommended from you <3

  2. I keep meaning to post reviews of some of the LGBT+ movies I’ve watched on Netflix. I need to do that! Anyway, thanks so much for sharing! I’ve heard of Holding the Man, the book, but never read it – I didn’t know it was made into a film!

    I LOVED Pride. Definitely more light-hearted overall, but just a really great film. I really hope to watch The Normal Heart soon. I’ve read the play it’s based on, which is beautiful and heartbreaking.


    • Chiara says:

      You should! It was fun sharing my thoughts on these ones – I’ve never written about my experiences with movies before. I’m glad to have put you onto the film of Holding the Man, then! It’s quite lovely.

      Pride was such a good movie, and even though there were sad moments, it was nice to see some lightheartedness in there, as well. Oh, The Normal Heart is wonderful, Lauren. I hope you like it!

  3. Romi says:

    You didn’t let me know you’d seen Pride! I’m so happy you found it available! *cheers quite a lot* And I’m glad you enjoyed it. We must discuss further. If one of us remembers to bring it up. /:
    I haven’t seen the other two, although I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of them both (and will be looking into both after this)- I feel like I recognise the poster for the first one? One of the actors at least reminds me of this youtube short film I watched and I know it got made into a movie and it was SO SWEET. You would be squeeing forever it is so sweet. Young romance. Cute muffins. All the adorable. It’s just adovrableeeeeee *almost cries at the adorable*
    All of these sound really interesting (and I could totally rewatch Pride anytime now), so I’m thinking I should see if they’re available and have a marathon. I LOVE that you compiled them into a review/thoughts post, and that now I know about them, too! You get all the sparkles for it.

    • Chiara says:

      I know! I forgot, haha XD We haven’t discussed it, which is no surprise, really, since we have terrible memories *laughs*

      There was quite a bit of talk about Holding the Man because it’s Aussie! And actually a good Aussie film, haha XD Oh, you sent me an email with this adorableness you are crying about. I should watch it so we can never talk about it! (Because of bad memory.)

      YAY sparkles. It was kind of weird to chat about movies because I have never done that before XD So I’m glad you liked this post! <3

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