5 films that promote the lesbian cause
Screenshot from Todd Haynes’ movie “Carol”, 2015.
Each year many films are released in cinemas or on streaming platforms. Among them, very few focus on the LGBT community and more particularly lesbians, even if their representation tends to develop. Let’s take a look back at 5 striking and important films on Sapphic relationships.
1- “Carol” by Todd Haynes, 2015
1950s, New York. Thérèse, a young employee of a department store meets Carol, a charismatic woman, married and mother of a little girl. Unfortunately, this one finds herself locked in her marriage and this meeting will change everything for the two women. As soon as they meet, an attraction is born and turns into a forbidden love. Since the conventions of the time were conservative and homosexuality rejected, they had no choice but to go into hiding.
“Carol” was adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s book of the same name. It is a strong and poignant story that cannot be left unscathed. In addition, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara’s acting is striking. It is anchored today as a classic among LGBT films.
2- “Portrait of the young girl on fire” by Céline Sciamma, 2019
1770, France. Marianne, a young painter, is to paint the wedding portrait of Heloise. The young woman has just left the convent and must marry a Milanese nobleman. In resistance to this marriage, Héloïse refuses to pose. Introduced as her new lady-in-waiting, Marianne looks at her, analyzes her and memorizes her features in order to paint her in secret. Only, she cannot continue to lie to Heloise any longer as their bond strengthens and love is born between them.
The film received the Screenplay Award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and received critical acclaim. The beauty of the scenes gives the impression of being in a painting for the duration of the film. Poetic and artistic, “Portrait of the Girl on Fire” is a true masterpiece.
3- “Ammonite” by Francis Lee, 2020
1840, England. Mary Anning was a renowned paleontologist but now lives with her mother in a remote location on the rugged south coast of England. She continues to glean ammonites which she then sells to wealthy visitors. One day, she meets Roderick Murchison, a wealthy tourist who asks her to take care of his convalescent wife Charlotte during her business trip. Reluctant at first to meet up with this one, she ends up accepting and begins a passionate affair between the two women.
“Ammonite” defies social barriers and signs a story unlike anything we’ve seen before. With Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan and Fiona Show, the cast turns out to be very astonishing. The film is all tenderness and delicacy.
4- “La Belle saison” by Catherine Corsini, 2015
1971, Paris. Delphine, a farmer’s daughter who has always lived in the countryside, decides to leave for Paris in order to emancipate herself and be financially independent. Carole is in a relationship with Manuel and is a Spanish teacher. Very committed to the beginning of feminism, she is part of the Women’s Liberation Movement (MLF) in which Delphine will take part. From there, their relationship will evolve and the two of them will have a great love story until one day reality catches up with them.
The historical background of the 1970s with the empowerment of women who are beginning to make their voices heard and to fight for their rights is an asset in this film. In addition to following two women who discover and tame each other, we find ourselves confronted with the harsh reality of Sapphic relationships: the fear of the gaze of the other.
5- “A secret love” by Chris Bola, 2020
Documentary available on Netflix, “A Secret Love” tells the story of Terry and Pat, two octogenarians whose love has been kept secret for a long time. Met in 1947, they spent more than 70 years of their life together. Both have known the repression of lesbianism, in a context like that, they did not accept this term qualifying them. They lived together but called each other “cousins” or “friends” when they had to talk about each other to someone outside. It wasn’t until the end of their lives that they celebrated their love by getting married a few months before Terry died.
Homosexuality in old age is rarely shown. This documentary highlights the type of discrimination that older lesbian women can experience, such as a retirement home that accepts their marriage. The generation that this film shows us is the one that was keen to protect itself, to remain hidden even if that meant silencing part of its identity. Their story is truly touching and endearing.
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“Merry Christmas” 🎄
Not Going Out Series 11 Episode 4: Carol
First glimpse of love in a moment of haze. Wish they showed a glimpse of the forthcoming heartbreak, about to crash in on the love mess.
Okay…call me crazy but I’m going with the old twd rule
Spoilers say: “Its implied they have sex…..Leah is naked and she pulls Daryl to her”
Scene ends after that…Daryl is fully clothed…no kiss in that entire flashback.
Imo it’s still ambiguous. They’d make a bigger fuzz of Daryl getting laid after 10 fkn years!
They could’ve made a scene of them in bed together ‘after’…still not explicit but more confirmation.
Well…did Glenn die under the dumpster? I can’t imagine AK wasting so much energy to explain in several interviews that Daryl needs time and trust to build a relationship that leads to romance and then that’s all we get? I don’t buy it.
I can’t imagine that they remind us of Daryl’s scars several times but when it happens we don’t even see him losing his shirt? Norman has no problem with that🤷🏻♀️
I’d die laughing if we see this flashback again in S11…but this time the scene ends after he rejected her😬
the carol theme song awakens two parts of my brain: sad lonely queer and avid sims player
What a beautiful shot 🖤
“My angel, flung out of space.”
HOLLYWOOD—I will admit the pandemic has totally thrown me off my “The Walking Dead” A-game. It seems so long since we last chatted about the zombie apocalypse, the remaining episodes of season 10 kind of snuck up on me. With that said, the series returned on Sunday night with a big episode, ‘Home Sweet Home’ which saw a fan favorite Maggie (Lauren Cohan) return to the foray in a major way people. One thing that is for sure, the Whisperers are out, and the Reapers are in!
Yes, we have new baddies in place to wrap up the remaining episodes for season 10. Maggie had a conversation with Judith about the whereabouts of Michonne just as Maggie came face-to-face with Negan. Oh, that was a stare down people and it looked like Maggie was OUT FOR BLOOD! Negan you should be worried. Carol and Daryl were forced to have a conversation with Maggie about Negan’s presence. Friction is building and that is a major concern people.
Frustration was getting to Maggie, as walkers dawned in their presence, and she suffered a nasty cut on her arm as a result. Kelly and Daryl sensed that anger as a direct result of learning about Negan’s presence in the group. Maggie poured out her emotions to Daryl who listened to the plight she has endured.
Maggie learned that Kelly’s sister, Connie is still missing, and as viewers know, Connie is very much alive form that last cliffhanger viewers were delivered months ago. The bond between Kelly and Connie is quite strong and Kelly is determined to find her sister at all costs even if it places her in massive danger. It’s all a question about finding her.
The hunt culminated with Maggie and her pals warning of the new danger finding them: the Reapers. This new threat seems like a formidable one, as Maggie was frantic about her son’s location and wanted to stay mum on exactly what the Reapers are capable of. I’m dying to know the face behind this mask people. Who the hell is this person and what’s with the damn mask, it is Elijah who has endured some tough times. If you ask you shall receive and it was an emotional bonding moment for Kelly. Damn Daryl does not mess around when it comes to encountering a stranger people.
The Reapers appear hunter-like. They lie in the shadows in camouflage and when you least expect that is when they strike and they took out several members of Maggie’s clan in brutal fashion. Maggie was captured by one of the Reapers’ traps. A member of the Reaper, who mentions the name Pope, but he refused to speak as he blew HIMSELF to pieces. Wow, whenever a member of the crew is willing to die so others won’t be compromised you’re dealing with dangerous people.
After all the turmoil, Maggie was reunited with her son, just as Kelly and Elijah became closer people, as Maggie offered a listening ear. The journey continued as the episode culminated with the reunion of Maggie, Daryl and Kelly with Carol and the others back in Alexandria just as Maggie was forced to come face-to-face with Negan; the man who killed her husband and the father of her child.
Yeah, I would argue a war is coming between Maggie and Negan and I’m not so sure Negan will be lucky this time around. Looks like Alexandria is the new home for our heroes. I am indeed intrigued people. New episodes of “The Walking Dead” air Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.
Mayhaps before winter ends I post a Very Late Winter Ball lewk? 👀👉👈
Was proud of this look for Carol.
You just had to be there
❝ she would remember every detail of this room forever. “what town is this?” she asked.
Carol laughed. “this? this is Waterloo. isn’t that awful.”❞
femslash february day 28: Therese Belivet x Carol Aird
femslash february day 28: Therese Belivet x Carol Aird
Carol made me feel all the right kind of agony.