Tag Archives: coming-out

"To Each, Her Own" by Myriam Aziza (2018)

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to each her own
A Jewish lesbian falls for a Muslim Black
Performances lack cohesion but message is welcome
Cast: Sarah Stern, Jean-Christophe Folly, Julia Piaton
Director: Myriam Aziza
Writers: Myriam Aziza, Denyse Rodriguez-Tomé
Music by Martin Rappeneau
Cinematography by Benoît Chamaillard
Film Editing by Vincent Zuffranieri

"Appropriate Behavior" by Desiree Akhavan (2014)

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Appropriate Behavior
What does ‘appropriate behavior’mean for someone who doesn’t fit anywhere?
Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit, Anh Duong
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Screenplay: Desiree Akhavan
Music by Josephine Wiggs
Cinematography by Chris Teague
Film Editing by Sara Shaw

“Jenny’s Wedding” by Mary Agnes Donoghue (USA, 2015)

Jenny's Wedding

A few surprising moments do not erase the accumulation of clichés in this coming-out-of-the-closet comedy, with love/marriage/children shown as the defining goals of a woman’s life!

Cast: Katherine Heigl, Tom Wilkinson, Linda Emond
Director: Mary Agnes Donoghue
Writer: Mary Agnes Donoghue
Music by Brian Byrne
Cinematography by Seamus Tierney
Film Editing by Éva Gárdos, Nick Moore

“Thelma” by Joachim Trier (Norway, 2017)

Lesbian love through the eyes of male directors


A girl succeeds at accepting her sexual identity by resisting the religious constraints imposed on her

Cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen. Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Grethe Eltervåg
Director: Joachim Trier
Writer: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt
Cinematographer: Jakob Ihre
Editor: Olivier Bugge Coutté
Composer: Ola Fløttum

“Blue Is The Warmest Color” (La Vie d’Adèle) by Abdellatif Kechiche (France, 2013)

Lesbian love through the eyes of male directors

Blue Is The Warmest Color

Heavily sexualized approach, missing intimacy / Great lead personage / Could have been 60 min. shorter

Cast: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux, Catherine Salée, Jeremie Laheurte, Aurélien Recoing, Sandor Funtek, Salim Kechiouche, Mona Walravens
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Screenplay: Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix
Cinematography by Sofian El Fani
Film Editing by Sophie Brunet, Ghalia Lacroix, Albertine Lastera, Jean-Marie Lengelle, Camille Toubkis

“I Can’t Think Straight” by Shamim Sarif (UK, 2008)

Lesbian love seen by a female director

I can't think straight

Less audacious than her preceding movie, but better acting, a more confident direction, and a nice touch of humor

Cast: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Antonia Frering
Director: Shamim Sarif
Writers: Shamim Sarif, Kelly Moss
Music by Raiomond Mirza
Cinematography by Aseem Bajaj
Film Editing by David Martin

“Being 17” (André Téchiné, France 2016)

Being 17

“The moving qualities in this film are mostly a coming-out thing, so perhaps straight people won’t relate, but there are glimmers here (and in our times) of that narrative holding enough substance to speak to universal truths.” -[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4331970/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1]

Cast: Kacey Mottet Klein, Sandrine Kiberlain, Corentin Fila, Alexis Loret, Jean Fornerod
Director: André Téchiné
Writer: Céline Sciamma, André Téchiné
Cinematographer: Julien Hirsch
Editor: Albertine Lastera
Composer: Alexis Rault