Where have all the movie plots gone?
March 16, 2014 10:13 PM Subscribe
Where are all the films which have queer characters whose sexuality is not the main point of the film? Action movies with lesbian heroes; courtroom dramas with transgender lawyers; road trip movies with gay buddies out for more than getting laid; science fiction/spooky stuff films with androgynous/intersex protagonists, I'm not fussed. Preferably ones where no one dies as a "punishment" for being queer.
posted by Athanassiel to Media & Arts (38 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
It is queer film festival time again and so far I have seen: one Nepalese lesbian film in which the protagonists are discovering their feelings for each other/women in general, plus one of them dies; one lesbian film in which young protagonists explore their feelings for each other with horror metaphors about the intensity of their feelings. Thankfully no one seems to actually die in that one. Although there were some very odd/funny pseudo-death scenes.
My to-see films include: Japanese women writers; Miranda Otto playing Elizabeth Bishop having a tempestuous relationship with a Brasilian architect; 40-something lesbian trying to get her act together and find a partner by dressing up as a vulva; a hedonistic queer party which turns orgyesque. The jury is out on whether any of them will involve death, but they are all about relationships, sex, sexuality. At least they are not coming-out films or young love films, variations on which I have seen so many times I'm going to be sick if I see another one.
So! Tell me your films which feature gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/intersex characters which are not:
- primarily about the relationships of aforementioned characters
- especially not about coming out/gradually becoming aware of feelings for same sex/different gender identity etc (ie, not "issues" films)
- the aforementioned characters are the main characters - ie complex and fully developed - and not just the one-dimensional funny sidekick/evil villain etc
- none of the aforementioned characters dies as "punishment" for their sexuality. It can be hard to tell if someone is dying as a requirement of the plot or as punishment, I'm prepared for grey area on this point.
Documentaries are ok but I would prefer "fiction" films because I think it's these types that are more unimaginative in general. Docos tend to be more diverse, as the people themselves in them are not solely about their sexualities.
Bonus points if the film is available within Australia! Super bonus points if the film was made outside the US (other languages perfectly ok).