Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day nears, which means it’s the perfect time to watch these sensational romantic LGBT+ movies to get all the feels. Whether you are snuggling up with your significant other or having a self-pamper night with friends cause it’s always much deserved, we got you sorted for fun films to stick on.
All in my Family
For anyone out there who loves a good documentary, this one is definitely a must-see. Gay filmmaker Hao Wu documents his traditional Chinese family’s process of accepting him while he begins the process of having a child via surrogacy. This is an intimate look at both romantic love and the love among family members. It is truly a beautiful film that tells a unique and heartwarming story.
This teen romance is an absolute delight from beginning to end. Following a high school senior as he navigates his feeling for a handsome gay kid while being thrown into a roller-coaster journey of his sexual identity. Alex Strangelove embraces and celebrates the cliches of rom-com teen dramas while giving it a queer spin.
If one word can describe this romantic film, that word would be daring. The story follows two women jaded to love by previous dishonest and heartbreaking romances who embark on a 24-hour experiment to form a new type of intimacy. It is a dizzying ride through different types of relationship, which aims for grand ideas yet does not always stick the landing. However, the acting from the two leads makes this worthwhile as they ground the larger concepts through their performances.
Call Me By Your Name
The LGBT+ movie everyone has been raving about since it’s premiere. Telling the intimate story of Elio Periman and Oliver, this one is definitely a must-watch. The cinematography is simply gorgeous, soaking in the setting of a 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy.
Holding the Man
Holding the Man captures a gay romance that has lasted for 15 years, following Tim and John from teenage romance into adulthood. It grapples with everything life has thrown at them, from discrimination to separation and temptation. If you are looking for a romantic LGBT+ movie packed with emotion, this one is filled to the brim.
My Days of Mercy
My Days of Mercy follows the daughter of a man on death row who falls in love with a woman on the opposing side of her family’s political cause to stop the death penalty. A meet-cute at a state penitentiary is definitely an odd setting, yet the two main actors embrace the oddity and bring new dimensions to it. Ellen Page brings phenomenal energy to the role of the daughter, her need to seek connection with another person and her struggles with where she should place her loyalty.
And to all those who want to venture out for Valentine’s Day to see some romantic LGBT+ movies, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) have you sorted. There will be premieres of End of the Century screens at 18.30, followed by Portrait of a Lady on Fire at 20.20 on the February 14.
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