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a beautifully told tale of burgeoning sexuality.

 back to top THE LATEST GAY FILM REVIEWS - click on the publicity photo for individual reviews.
   
›› Poof ‹‹   ›› Floating Melon ‹‹   ›› Spiral ‹‹
2018 | 17 mins | UK   2015 | 19 mins | China   2018 | 16 mins | Sweden
when coming out to your family
is not an option.
  a biting testament to the repercussions
of taking street drugs.
  a stylish, if overtly dark intense tale
of love and horror.
   
›› Beyond the Walls ‹‹   ›› Easy Money ‹‹   ›› Stockholm Daybreak ‹‹
2012 | 96 mins | Belgium - Canada - France   2010 | 15 mins | Spain   2013 | 7 mins | Sweden
a beautifully realistic study of
affairs of the heart.
  a disconcerting take of life
on the game.
  a wondrous tale of best friends finally
letting their hearts run free.
   
›› Distances ‹‹   ›› The Memory of You ‹‹   ›› No Brakes ‹‹
2014 | 17 mins | Sweden   2015 | 11 mins | Sweden   2008 | 11 mins | Sweden
the bittersweet bond between a mother
and her son.
  a captivating ode to the love that
could have been.
  coming to terms with your sexuality being
different to those around you.
   
›› Filip ‹‹   ›› Polly ‹‹   ›› Coming Out ‹‹
2015 | 11 mins | Sweden   2017 | 38 mins | Sweden   2011 | 5 mins | Sweden
a beautifully crafted sweet, yet telling tale
on sexual identity.
  a vivid portrayal of how two's company,
only for three to be a crowd.
  the emotive complexities of coming out
to those you love.
   
›› Latter Days ‹‹   ›› Verona ‹‹   ›› No Night Is Too Long ‹‹
2003 | 104 mins | US   2010 | 22 mins | Canada   2006 | 116 mins | UK - Canada
gay love in the face of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
  a modern gay take on the greatest love
story ever told.
  a decidedly dark tale of love
and betrayal.
   
›› Lazy Eye ‹‹   ›› Glue - Colla ‹‹   ›› Lazarus Come Out ‹‹
2016 | 87 mins | US   2016 | 30 mins | Italy   2015 | 14 mins | Italy
a finely crafted relationship drama between
ex lovers who chance to meet up again.
  a captivating exploration of burgeoning
teenage sexuality.
  the lives of two gay men at opposite ends
of the coming out divide.
   
›› The Dummy - Il Manichino ‹‹   ›› Tidal Time - L'Ora di Porto ‹‹   ›› Uproar - Pipinara ‹‹
2015 | 12 mins | Italy   2018 | 22 mins | Italy   2017 | 14 mins | Italy
a beautifully told work on
gender identity.
  a heartfelt plea for sexual acceptance
and tolerance.
  the painful truth that for some, murder is
something that you can get away with.
   
›› Orizaba's Peak ‹‹   ›› The Grey Zones ‹‹   ›› Guacho ‹‹
2017 | 11 mins | Mexico   2018 | 17 mins | Colombia   2018 | 20 mins | Argentina
a wondrous coming out styled
comedy of errors.
  the agonising wait for the outcome
of an HIV test.
  a realistic depiction of finding love, even
in the most harshest of environments.
   
›› Ajar - Entreabierto ‹‹   ›› Before It's Too Late ‹‹   ›› Seat Belt ‹‹
2018 | 11 mins | Uruguay   2019 | 15 mins | Brazil   2018 | 25 mins | Mexico
a captivating exploration of male friendship
and sexuality.
  a powerful take on coming out in the face
of presidential prejudice.
  a compelling picture of gay parenthood
and grief.
   
›› Summer Storm ‹‹   ›› Love, Simon ‹‹   ›› The Broken Hearts Club ‹‹
2004 | 98 mins | Germany   2018 | 110 mins | US   2000 | 94 mins | US
a captivating variant on the theme
of coming out.
  a bright 'n' breezy romantic
coming out comedy.
  a romantic comedy that just happens
to be gay.
   
›› I Am Yet to Make You a Love Song ‹‹   ›› Carlito Leaves Forever ‹‹   ›› Pray for Us ‹‹
2015 | 15 mins | Brazil   2018 | 8 mins | Peru   2019 | 16 mins | Costa Rica
a bittersweet ode to love found
and ultimately lost.
  a deeply moving work on having to say
goodbye to say hello to love.
  a captivating thriller on the
rights and wrongs of life.
   
›› Mila Caos ‹‹   ›› The Good Friend - El Amigo ‹‹   ›› Unicorn - Unicornio ‹‹
2011 | 18 mins | Cuba   2017 | 19 mins | Peru   2014 | 30 mins | Bolivia
a wondrous insight into the life of an
aspiring Cuban drag queen.
  a captivating exploration of
male friendship.
  a powerful work on religious fundamentalism
and the ingrained homophobia therein.
   
›› Billy's Blowjobs ‹‹   ›› I Think I'm Gay? ‹‹   ›› You Can Play ‹‹
2017 | 17 mins | US   2019 | 18 mins | US   2015 | 19 mins | US
a moving portrait of a man too afraid
to fall in love again.
  a comical take on to thy ownself,
being true.
  the courage to show your best friend
your true sexual self.
   
›› Two Fish ‹‹   ›› The Legend of Scotty Watts ‹‹   ›› These Things Take Time ‹‹
2017 | 11 mins | US   2017 | 11 mins | US   2018 | 20 mins | US
a joyous ode to coming to terms with
your sexuality - gradually.
  a bittersweet take on teenage
adoration.
  a wondrous take on a young boy's
first crush.
   
›› PD - FAG ‹‹   ›› Guardian ‹‹   ›› Debut ‹‹
2019 | 35 mins | France | FreeView   2018 | 15 mins | US   2016 | 28 mins | Sweden
a captivating testament to having the
courage to be your sexual self.
  a deeply touching portrait of a
mother's unconditional love.
  an achingly real depiction of the
lust for fame and fortune.
   
›› Johnny ‹‹   ›› Wolves ‹‹   ›› Uneven ‹‹
2018 | 26 mins | France   2016 | 20 mins | UK   2016 | 7 mins | Mexico
a modern day take on falling in love
with the bad boy in town.
  a wondrous ode to compassion
for your fellow man.
  an old sock falls in love with
an attractive young man.
   
›› Get Real ‹‹   ›› Pride ‹‹   ›› Handsome Devil ‹‹
1998 | 108 mins | UK   2014 | 120 mins | UK   2016 | 95 mins | Ireland
a refreshingly honest depiction of
getting real with your sexuality.
  a captivating exploration of how two differing communities united to support each other.   a life-affirming work on the true
value of friendship.
   
›› Leave of Absence ‹‹   ›› After His Death ‹‹   ›› Stav ‹‹
2016 | 17 mins | Israel   2017 | 11 mins | Israel   2018 | 10 mins | Israel
When the perfect peroxide blonde turns out to be anything but, Meir, a history teacher on leave, chances upon three of his former students who persuade him to take part in an unofficial video shoot they're doing at the local swimming pool. At first reluctant to go along with them, Meir delights the youths ›››   When a gay daughter mourning the loss of her father discovers a series of photos of her father with another man, she goes out of her way to seek out her father's male lover, much against the wishes of her mother who knew of the affair, but opted to keep it hidden from her family - until now ›››   Desperately searching for a teen in her care, a youth volunteer worker finds her life turned upside down when she finally locates Stav in the darkened backstreets of the city, only to find that he has no interest in being found; being more concerned with turning tricks in the middle of the night. In short ›››
   
›› Rubber Dolphin ‹‹   ›› A Trip to the Desert ‹‹   ›› Three ‹‹
2018 | 28 mins | Israel   2016 | 12 mins | Israel   2018 | 22 mins | Israel
This striking short film has a sensuous feeling of intimacy to it, which is just as well as it follows the lives of two 20-something men, who meet for a one-night stand that gradually develops into a stay-over, as the two get to know each other in ways that go beyond sex. Well-played throughout ›››   When their best friend Yossi gets lost in the desert, openly gay Lior and deeply religious Elad set out to find him, only for their quest to reveal how they truly feel about each other, as a series of long suppressed home truths, if not outright prejudice, come out in the open. And therein lies the bitter irony ›››   When a night out clubbing finds Nimrod flirting with a part-time life model, his partner Udi is furious and all too hesitant to go along with his boyfriend's proposal to have a threesome. Only what happens when the night after finds your lover yearning to be in the company of - the other man? ›››
   
›› Le Clan ‹‹   ›› Like It Is ‹‹   ›› Monsoon ‹‹
2004 | 90 mins | France   1998 | 95 mins | UK   2019 | 85 mins | UK
Tormented soul Marc spends his days both rebelling against his father and hanging out with his dysfunctional group of friends. Yet his reckless life is brought into focus upon the arrival of his ex-con brother Christophe and his younger sibling whose in love with Arabian hunk Hicham. Only when Marc ›››   This uncompromising feature follows the life of Craig; a young man who knows that his sexuality is hardly one to shout about when his chosen career is the squared circle and the illegal dens of bare-knuckle boxing. Not that it was on the underground boxing circuit where he met Matt; rising star of the ›››   Officially returning to Vietnam to scatter his parents ashes, thirty-or-so years after they fled the country as refugees, life for Kit becomes complicated when a one-night stand turns into anything but. Realizing that he's fallen in love with American fashion designer Lewis, yet knowing that in a few ›››
   
›› Surveillance ‹‹   ›› Ladyboy ‹‹   ›› Swans - Svans ‹‹
2007 | 87 mins | UK   2011 | 30 mins | Denmark   2016 | 18 mins | Denmark
This perceptive take on the ever increasing surveillance state finds gay boy Adam getting more than he bargained for when his one-night stand turned out to be Jake; the son of a media mogul and boyfriend to ... well, that would be saying, but put it this way, there could well be blue blood in ›››   There's something quite endearing about this short film that tells the story of the close bond between a gay transvestite and his devoted mother. Only when Kristian's mother Emma falls for the charming but alcoholic Søren; a man rooted in prejudice, Kristian is soon to find that there's little space left ›››   This thought-provoking short film focuses on the life of Aksel; a young man who loves nothing more than to hang out with his fellow teammates who are as much into football, as they're into girls. Yet Aksel has a secret, given he's in a sexual relationship with Alexander; a youth who's not just open ›››
   
›› Young Man's Dance ‹‹   ›› Poz ‹‹   ›› Hotel Boy ‹‹
2014 | 12 mins | Denmark   2016 | 24 mins | Denmark   2018 | 12 mins | Denmark
Mattis' love of life is ballroom dance. Yet it's an interest that's not shared by his father. Alone and dejected, he seeks solace in the arms of his dance tutor; a man well aware of the boundaries of the student / teacher relationship. Yet what is he to do with a pupil determined to break them? This sexual ›››   Oliver and Cilie have a special bond, one that goes far beyond your typical brother / sister relationship. Yet what does Cilie really know about her brother, given this is a man who would rather be out hunting for sex of the no strings and no condom attached variety, than attend her birthday party ›››   Samir; an openly gay youth is in love with a man almost twice his age. Yet their nights of passion are forever held behind closed doors, given the object of his desire is Stefan Schmidt; a respected politician who is keen to keep their relationship a secret. Only is Stefan about to discover that this boy's ›››
   
›› 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten ‹‹   ›› Maurice ‹‹   ›› Departure ‹‹
2016 | 95 mins | Philippines   1987 | 140 mins | UK   2015 | 109 mins | UK
Felix is the top boy in his class, if not the entire school, having sacrificed friendship to become the model pupil. That is until new boy in class Magnus, alongside his younger brother Maxim, arrive. At first hesitant and then overly keen to help them with their failing grades, things are destined to turn ›››   As much in love with the edification of Cambridge life, as he is attracted to fellow undergraduate Clive Durham, Maurice is about to face the harsh reality of unrequited love from a man intent on social conformity. Yet it's a stay on the Durhams' estate that brings Maurice in contact with a man who ›››   Returning to their holiday home in France for the last time, Beatrice and her teenage son Elliot are faced with the daunting task of clearing it out. Only in a home filled with so many memories, perhaps it's of no surprise that they find themselves easily distracted upon the arrival of Clément; a youth who ›››
   
›› 1985 ‹‹   ›› Skai Blue ‹‹   ›› Petit Ami ‹‹
2018 | 85 mins | US   2017 | 17 mins | Belgium   2017 | 15 mins | Belgium
Returning to the family home for Christmas after having made a swift exit for the bright lights of New York City, ad executive Adrian Lester is a man on a mission, given he knows that he has to somehow find the right moment to say things that need to be said. And said, before it's too late to say them ›››   Tom; a lonely, middle-aged man searching for companionship and more chances upon Simon; dating app fashion. Meeting in person, their passionate encounter is swiftly followed by the promise of a burgeoning relationship. Yet Simon has a secret; he's a Cameroon refugee; a fact that forces ›››   This is the story of rent boy Jasper, happy to service the sexual needs of his clients, even on Christmas Day. Turning up at a seedy hotel called Petit Ami, Jasper gets down to basics with Vincent, only for the man to have a secret, one that Jasper is curious to discover. In many ways your heart kind ›››
   
›› Beast - Séptimo ‹‹   ›› Hardcore ‹‹   ›› According to Mateo ‹‹
2011 | 24 mins | Sweden   2016 | 8 mins | Israel   2017 | 19 mins | Spain
This captivating short film tells the story of Vincent; a young man with a secret, one that has forced him to stay away from those he loves, if not from love itself. Yet he has fallen in love, an emotion so intense that neither he nor Gustav can help themselves from seeing each other - whatever the chilling cost be ›››   This cautionary tale on the dangers of the anonymous hook-up tells the story of two young Israelis up for a threesome, only to find themselves spending the night with a German tourist who happens to be into everything - they aren't. Curious to know what's next in the Germans' bag of tricks ›››   Mateo and his boyfriend Marc arrive back at their flat, alongside date for the night Luke for a threesome. Yet shortly after getting down to sexual basics, Mateo heads out into the night. Chancing upon Jon, the local drug dealer; the two get to know each other in ways that turn decidedly dark ›››
›› title still courtesy of the short film HUMAN WARMTH by Christophe Prédari ‹‹




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