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Being 17

A coming-out film with the novel approach of exploring the dynamic between a mother and her two sons—one biological, one she has taken in—who fall in love.

Closet Monster

Canadian writer-director Stephen Dunn’s first feature film offers a fresh take on that endangered genre—the coming-out tale.

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

In 1998, four young San Antonio women were sentenced to 82.5 years in prison between them, on accusations that didn’t even rise to the level of baseless.

Beautiful Something

Most gay independent films are forgettable, but every once in a while there are the rare gems that are the exception to the rule. Beautiful Something is one of them.

Viva

The film takes measure of what kindness and love for our fellow human beings can do in life, even where brassy, loudmouth drag queens are concerned.

Sworn Virgin

Italian director Laura Bispuri’s debut film follows Mark (Alba Rohrwacher), an Albanian man who had renounced his female gender and taken a vow of chastity as a teen to escape a life of servitude.

The Summer of Sangaile

Dreamlike and deeply sensual, The Summer of Sangaile relies primarily on evocative imagery to relate its story of first love and self-discovery. The film opens at an air show with 17-year-old Sangaile (Julija Steponaityte) watching in fearful longing as stunt planes perform vertical climbs, loops, and dangerous plunging dives. Auste (Aiste Dirziute) works the show […]

Contenders in Toronto | TIFF

The Toronto International film festival is so vast that it’s hard to get a handle on it. With a selection of 288 feature films, TIFF is really about a dozen festivals under the umbrella of one. A viewer can only hope to taste a slice of the programming. Even if festivalgoers intend on solely exploring, […]

The New Girlfriend

In the English-speaking world, Ruth Rendell hasn’t exactly made her mark on the big screen. In the Francophone world, however, the late mystery and thriller author’s effect continues to be felt. At fewer than 15 pages, Rendell’s Edgar Award–winning short story “The New Girlfriend” seems an odd choice for a feature film. But director François […]