As Pride offers activities far and wide across the nation this June, the start of Summer invites celebrations around the world across the season.
From extravagant parades to some more interesting attempts at showing their rainbow colors, Pride aims to bring people together, in their own homes and out on the streets to celebrate who they are, and who they love.
Wherever you are in the world and however you identify yourself with the motions, try out one of these movies to immerse yourself in an intoxicating world of love, of pride.
If it ain’t broke, never stop watching it. There is a reason that on a list like this, a trip to Brokeback Mountain feels obligatory. The neo-western romantic drama changed the face of onscreen romance in 2005, as Hollywood sweethearts Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger played the cowboys who meet and live a tumultuous and complex love.
In fact based on a short story written in 1997, Brokeback Mountain still stands the test of time and gave the widely heteronormative genre that is the western a brand new interpretation, and added a new chord to the romantic melodrama in its open and heartbreaking portrayal of homosexuality.
Blue Is The Warmest Color
Where Brokeback Mountain revolutionized genres in a subversion of masculinity onscreen, Blue Is The Warmest Color gave an unflinching and all-consuming glimpse into a blistering romance between two women.
Abdellatif Kéchiche’s three-hour odyssey follows Adèle (the film’s original title simply being La Vie D’Adèle) as she is swept up into a sea of blue and a world of sexual exploration, at first foreign, but ultimately life-changing. The film is shot in a visceral proximity, bringing every sense to life in a journey of self-discovery onscreen and off.
Pixar has been reprimanded by GLAAD in the past for lacking in diversity across its filmography. The recent live-action Beauty and the Beast offered to change the game, if only slightly, with a minor subplot for openly gay sidekick LeFou.
However, while not placing a same-sex romance at the core of its narrative, Finding Dory did raise suspicions from the two women seen with a stroller in the trailer. Viewers speculated as to the nature of their relationship, and the film’s producers left questions unanswered. Following this, Ellen Degeneres teased the appearance of a transgender stingray in the movie (to be named ‘Sting-Rhonda’).
While there were no confirmations to either possibility, and it remains to be seen whether De Generes was actually joking, the movie still offers a strong sequel with a message that extends past the trials and tribulations of heterosexual romance.
Todd Haynes’ stylish and seductive drama saw Cate Blanchett dazzle Rooney Mara in a festive love affair between a married woman and a shop clerk. The chemistry between the pair is unlikely, and through its somewhat period but timeless script, based on novel The Price of Salt, the movie feels like an urban fairytale with a groundbreaking love story.
While the story rarely strays from a standard romantic encounter sprinkled with obstacles, its unfliching representation of passionate love, which doesn’t actually acknowledge gender as the biggest hindrance, is utterly mesmerizing. Onscreen then unfolds a gorgeous, all-consuming love affair.
Stranger By The Lake
Across the border, French director Alain Guiraudie cooked up a storm with the fascinating Stranger by the Lake. Franc falls in love with an attractive man by the local lake, but their affair is soon tinged with danger.
A Hitchock-esque thriller meets a sharp sense of humor as sexual tension ripples off the screen. In a comfortable 1h41, Stranger By The Lake sets itself up as an electric romance filled with suspense and seduction.
May 2017 mark the first year that Moonlight joins the ranks of the greats, never to be forgotten again. This year’s Best Picture winner is a stunning snapshot into the life of Little, Black, Chiron, the man struggling with his identity and his sexuality.
To be celebrated for its bravery, diversity and so much more, Moonlight celebrates pride and celebrates difference. In their acceptance speech for Best Adapted Screenplay, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney echoed the film’s message: “This goes out to all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender conforming who don’t see themselves, we are trying to show you, you and us, so thank you, thank you, this is for you.”
Throughout this month but throughout the whole year, with these films and with each other, it’s time to celebrate Pride.
Originally published on Konbini