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Six LGBT Movies The Oscars Ignored This Year (But Shouldn’t Have)

 

Gigola

Art-house faves like Rossy de Palma, Marisa Paredes, Thierry Lhermitte and Marisa Berenson enliven this sumptuous French film about a lesbian prostitute (an androgynous Lou Doillon) in 1960s Paris, adapted by Laure Charpentier from from her book of the same name.

What the critics said: “It’s steamy, saucy, racy and suffused with the feeling of wickedness you might get from drinking spirits before lunch or smoking in church.” —The Guardian

Watch it if you liked: Aimee and Jaguar, Therese and Isabelle

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Feb 22, 2012
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  • 19 Comments
    • Kate Bushwhacked
      Kate Bushwhacked

      “The organ that Weekend is most concerned with isn’t the one you might think, but the human heart” is possibly the most bizarrely gross and offensive positive blurb you could write, isn’t it? The movie’s billed as a story about falling for someone, which doesn’t make it any different in its vaguest concept from something like “Friends With Benefits,” but because it’s two guys the assumption is that it’s only about sex? Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but that still seems in poor taste to me.

      Feb 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • p.
      p.

      shocked to see tomboy missing from this list.

      Feb 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Truthful
      Truthful

      sorry Queerty, but ‘Weekend’ was overrated trash

      Feb 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • wc1
      wc1

      Sorry Truthful – but “Weekend” was a lovely film.

      Feb 22, 2012 at 8:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tim
      Tim

      Weekend was boring.

      Feb 22, 2012 at 10:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aiden
      Aiden

      I was really mad that I couldn’t find a theater that gun hill road and Pariah were playing at. It’s not everyday that you get movies about queer people of color.

      Feb 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PTBoat
      PTBoat

      Weekend was a lovely film, but it certainly wasn’t Oscar worthy, in my opinion. There were quite a few clunky moments and it didn’t have the polish that one would expect from an Oscar contender.

      Feb 23, 2012 at 12:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stefan
      Stefan

      Have you seen or considered Skoonheid? It’s not a happy tale by any means – it focuses on an ageing closeted homosexual in current day South Africa when he develops a crush on a beautiful young straight guy (‘Skoonheid’ = ‘Beauty’ in Afrikaans).

      It has some very visceral and disturbing sequences – including an attempted rape scene that left me shivering for a week – and the main actor is fantastic. Well worth a look.

      Feb 23, 2012 at 1:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Philip
      Philip

      I went – dutifully marching to the beat of the drum of the Gay media – to see ‘Weekend’ last year whilst I was living in London. It was mind-numbingly boring. I fell asleep twice.

      An overwrought premise: let’s interview the trick we pulled last night and record it for our art school Master’s thesis. Terrible.

      On the other hand, Xavier Dolan’s film: ‘Les amours imaginaires’ AKA ‘Heartbeats,’ plays on every excruciating detail of the straight-boy-who’s-been-leading-you-on-maybe-just-because-he-likes-the-attention-but-nothing-will-ever-come-of-it that breaks everyone’s life at some point. And if you can get past the tasteful (if slightly ridiculous) monochromatic sex scenes set to the Bach cello suites, than Dolan’s film is MILES AHEAD of Weekend.

      Also, Xavier and Niels are both very pretty. http://youtu.be/6gCPIof4kNQ

      Feb 23, 2012 at 1:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Philip
      Philip

      also: http://youtu.be/E8TX7huaiU4

      Feb 23, 2012 at 2:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Oh, ok.
      Oh, ok.

      Weekend was very dull and a total non-story.

      Heartbeats sounds interesting and has been on my Netflix queue for a few weeks I believe, but if it’s about a straight guy leading a gay guy on well been there done that don’t need to see it for entertainment purposes.

      Feb 23, 2012 at 2:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Victor
      Victor

      Heartbeats is way too boring. Watched it twice (2nd time accompanied a friend) and each time I was bored to death. And it’s also quite artsy, as in artsy and nothing else. Imho it didn’t bomb at the box office for no reason.

      Feb 23, 2012 at 5:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @Philip: said…

      “On the other hand, Xavier Dolan’s film: ‘Les amours imaginaires’ AKA ‘Heartbeats,’ plays on every excruciating detail of the straight-boy-who’s-been-leading-you-on-maybe-just-because-he-likes-the-attention-but-nothing-will-ever-come-of-it that breaks everyone’s life at some point. ”
      _________________

      Oh yes, gee, a film about a “Maybe he’s teasing, maybe he isn’t” straight guy.

      Wow, I’ve never seen that before, except in…oh I don’t know 500 other films and pretty much every single French “Gay” film out there.

      I love how you say that that situation is so common and yet the plot of Weekend is about meeting and starting to fall in love with somebody. It would seem that that would be more common than some weird threeway triangle with your best girlfriend.

      Feb 23, 2012 at 8:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Ehrenstein
      David Ehrenstein

      @Kate Bushwhacked: It is offensive.

      All these films are worth seeing but “Weekend” is the standout.

      Lou Doillon of “Gigola” by the way is Jane Birkin’s OTHER daughter.

      Feb 23, 2012 at 9:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pedro
      pedro

      Why did the characters in weekend have to be sniffing coke every five minutes? That sorta spoiled it for me. Do any of you know anyone who does that much drugs, that’s high functioning? I don’t…but maybe I just run with a more naive, conservative crowd…I think the movie could have been just as good sans the constant drug use. Is it oscar-worthy…not really.

      Feb 23, 2012 at 10:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jonathan
      Jonathan

      Queerty, thank you for these movie posts! I enjoy the selection of films and it gives me a good list of LGBT movies to see.

      Feb 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ken S
      Ken S

      I’ve seen ‘Heartbeats’ a few times now and while the pacing can feel kind of laborious, visually it’s given me shivers every time. Which might not sound like much, but it’s more than I can say for a lot of the tripe that passes for film (or entertainment more generally) nowadays. The strobelight birthday party dancing, the slow-mo marches into ‘battle,’ the drawn-out moments of desperation, were just a few examples; my eyes felt ‘drunk’ after watching it. Not a perfect film, but if you can appreciate watching the slow, intricate unfolding of an emotional train-wreck then I think it’s worth checking out.

      Feb 24, 2012 at 7:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dsp
      dsp

      Xavier Dolan is over rated! His first film “J’ai tué ma mère” was ok and only because of the actress who played his mother “Anne Dorval”. She was amazing. Dolan isn’t a great actor by no means.

      Feb 24, 2012 at 9:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeremiah Duncan
      Jeremiah Duncan

      I watch this film almost every week on Netflix and love love love it so honest and sad and sexy just a range of emotions.

      Aug 1, 2012 at 6:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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