Unfortunately I went to see Blue is the warmest colour to the cinema. All my friends were enthusiastic of it and my best friend at that time told me it was her favourite movie of the year. If she liked it so much, I told myself, I must go and see it on the big screen.
I wish I hadn’t. I was disgusted and honestly a bit insulted by this movie everyone declared the icon of lesbian love. I saw very little love and a lot of unrealistic sex. They acclaimed the actresses for their performance but I’ve seen better acting watching the Italian actress Monica Bellucci in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
Blue is the warmest colour is based on a graphic novel of the same name, which people say is much better than the film adaptation. I haven’t read it, so I couldn’t tell, but I guess it’s difficult to do worse than the movie.
The story is about a young girl who finds out she’s attracted to girls and begins to discover her sexuality. She falls in love with an artist and drama happens. A lot of drama. So much useless drama that it’s unrealistic even for a lesbian movie (lesbian movies are known to be always full of drama).
The sex scene was the most criticised part, and although I hated it, I don’t want to be misunderstood. I’m glad that the director tried to do something new and challenging by letting it be explicit and without any censorship. But he didn’t manage to do a good job. It’s not a love scene, it’s porn. I agree that we should show love more freely, I agree that we shouldn’t care about scandalizing people, but porn is not love-making.
My impression of it was that of a movie directed by a man for men. The sex scene is obscene and likely similar to what a man’s fantasy about lesbians could be.
Surprise surprise! We have an original Italian lesbian movie! Viola di mare (Purple sea) is a love story between two women in sexist times, in a land (Sicily) where is hard to be different.
Sara and Angela are childhood friends, but it’s when Sara comes back after years away that they actually fall in love. That is when the sparkle finally gives birth to a fire and they cannot run from those feelings.
But people don’t forgive being weird, women have to marry men and carry children, that is their worth, that is their only purpose. And so one of them has to change, one of them has to look like a man, so that they can be together.
Angela dies, a delicate boy taking her place in Sara’s arms.
Viola di mare is a story of no easy love, it’s a story of happiness and pain, grief and hiding. It’s the story of a lesbian couple from the south in the 19th Century.
It’s not among my favourite LGBT movies, but it’s a nice one. There aren’t many Italian LGBT movies and this is among the good ones.
The Danish Girl brings on screen the real story of one of the first women to undergo the gender reassignment surgery.
Lili is a beautiful woman trapped in a male body, her strenght shows as the one of a butterfly breaking the cocoon to bring colours in the world. Her strenght is elegant and shy at times, but fierce and certain.
The main actor gifts us with a breathtaking performance, he dances in Lili’s clothes offering a very good representation of transgender people.
Some people may recognise the title from the 1996 movie, the one I’m talking about is the 2016 remake, of course.
The original story is about a girl, Laurel, falling in love with a vampire and her mother trying to protect her from the creature. At the beginning of the movie a scene shows a teen girl being killed by her boyfriend, who she was trying to break up with, the boy is the vampire Laurel falls for. It is not a love story, but more of a thriller. The relationship soon becomes abusive and Laurel and her mother almost get killed by the vampire.
The remake is definitely different. James Franco brings on-screen a movie that takes inspiration from the 1996 one, but the story develops very differently. First of all this is a love story, the vampire is not the murderer from the first scene, but the victim – who was turned by her vampire girlfriend, who she killed in the process of trying to escape her.
Pearl is not happy to be a vampire and she tries to protect her girlfriend, Leah, from her vampire “sisters” who are pushing her to turn Leah.