In this festival, there is a movie called Water Lilies that touches on the subject of the LGBT+ community. So, here is my top 3 of LGBT+ movies. The 3 LGBT+ films that I think should be seen at least once in one’s life.

The first one is Love Simon. Love Simon is based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. It’s also a 2018 American romantic teen comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti. The story tells about a teenage boy, Simon Spier who has a love connection with a boy, Blue, by email, but the only problem is that Simon has no idea who he’s talking to. Simon must discover who that boy is, who Blue is. Along the way, he tries to find himself as well and to face his friends and family.

This is a great movie about the LGBT+ community. It teaches us how to feel free with our sexuality. However, this movie deals with the subject of the coming out and I think people in this community shouldn’t have to come out, say who they love. Do heterosexuals say they like people of the opposite sex? Coming out shouldn’t exist. This is what the film shows.

The second one is Elisa & Marcela. Elisa & Marcela is a 2019 Spanish biographical romantic drama film directed by Isabel Coixet. The film tells the story of Elisa Sánchez Loriga and Marcela Gracia Ibeas, two women who passed as a heterosexual couple in order to marry in 1901, becoming the first same-sex marriage recorded in Spain.

This film shook me up in the sense that it’s a sad film that is based on a true story. This film shows all the tenderness between these two women who love each other and who do everything to stay together even if it means disguising one as a man to live their love fully.

The last one is Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a 2019 French historical drama film directed by Céline Sciamma. The story tells of a painter who has to make the wedding portrait of a young woman who doesn’tt want to get married and who refuses to pose. Thus, the artist pretends to be a lady of company in order to discreetly observe her model, with whom she falls in love. The story takes place in 1770, on a Breton island.

This film propels us back into the 1770s with ad hoc sets and costumes but also thanks to the scenes that look like real paintings. An exclusively female film that empowers women!

Sarah Hue