A list of films with LGBT/Queer content and representation.
I can't be bothered to separate the good from the bad…
They come from all over Eastern Europe: Russia, Romania, Chechnya. They are Eastern boys. The oldest appear no more than 25; as for the youngest, there is no way of telling their age. They hang around the Gare du Nord train station in Paris. They might be prostitutes, but there is no way of knowing for certain. Muller, a discreet man in his late fifties has his eye on one of them - Marek. One afternoon, Muller gathers his courage and speaks to him. The young man agrees to come visit Muller the following day, at his place. However the next day, when the doorbell rings, Muller doesn't have the faintest idea that he has fallen into a trap.
Interesting story, one needed to survive and the other needed sex and someone around...In the end, "everybody" wins.
*This is not just about sex, if you look closer, its more about social problems and having/gaining opportunities in life and also about loneliness...*
An ocean of people shuffle about on their daily business at a train station in urban Paris. Men and women in suits rush off to their routes. Residents of the city chat on their phones as they stroll along, often sidling their way past photo booths, Coca-Cola machines and other human forms as they make their way along their day. Occasionally, someone stands out. He stands aimlessly, loitering with no purpose or sense of direction. A young boy, just barely a man. People of a higher class slow down and look back when they walk past. Maybe they're curious, maybe they're cruising or maybe they're just disgusted.
The first ten minutes of French director Robin Campillo's Eastern Boys is spent…
At first, Eastern Boys has a seemingly straightforward queer story about a middle-aged man who tracks a fresh-faced rent boy in a train station. Yet director Robin Campillo surprises viewers with his multi-layered narrative that is subtle and impactful. It’s a film that will take you by surprise because of how unpredictable and mysterious it is. The film touches on some heated territory of immigration and refugee crisis which is timely considering the sociopolitical situation in Europe. It does have some melodrama, but it’s what keeps the film exciting and moving. The two leads are effective. Olivier Rabourdin’s layered performance is the film’s beating heart. It’s quiet but you can feel the tension building up. Kirill Emelyanov, who plays the Ukrainian rent boy, gives a sincere and promising performance as well. Eastern Boys elevates its generic queer story with an unpredictable storyline that touches on issues that matters today.
A john gets more than he bargains for when gives his address out to a fresh faced rent boy in a Paris train station. Lonely Daniel (Olivier Rabourdin) waits anxiously for their appointment but when the kid, Marek (Kirill Emelyanov), shows up he's not alone. In tow is an entire dance party of light fingered Eastern Europeans, led by a magnetically-eyed ringleader known simply as Boss (Daniil Vorobyov). They charismatically fleece the apartment.
Obviously, love still blossoms.
Despite its wild leaps of faith, writer director Robin Campillo's tense psychodramapowerplay works extremely well. Much of its success has to do with the excellent character work and Campillo's ability to meld Europe's current sociopolitical concepts with a bracing, if somewhat tainted, romance.…
Repugnant drama about the tender relationship between a man who pays for sex and the boy he hires. At least Pretty Woman pretended to be a fairy tale.
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Opens with two extended tours de force that derive their power from provocative multitasking: Gare du Nord sequence simultaneously tracks a gang of petty thieves and a cruising expedition, while the following scene, in Daniel's apartment, functions as both robbery and rave, with the victim ultimately surrendering to the beat. (The latter would be my current top choice for Skandies Best Scene, except that it's literally 15 seconds longer than the 20-minute maximum I instituted a while back.) Rest of the film isn't as thrilling, and suffers from some hoary melodrama (plus a last-ditch effort to humanize the villain that's too little too late), but the unexpected evolution of the central relationship—handled with such finesse that it takes a while to realize what's happening—ultimately won me over.
This movie is subtitled for french but the moment any of the characters speak any other language there are no subtitles. So, I'm wondering, is this because the main character Daniel only speaks French and English and he doesn't understand thus neither should we? It's one of my gripes for this movie, that and the fact that Daniel gets involved with another man who happens to be in a gang that steals pretty much everything Daniel owns and yet....they get involved in a relationship. What? If it wasn't for some really good acting and some interesting camera work I would have entirely hated this.
For thirty minutes or so, this is about as invigorating and starkly conceived as any recent dramatic film. Once it settles into the mode of a more straightforward relationship drama, it begins a sharp downward decline toward a phony conflict that’s all too neatly resolved. Disappointing, but its high points render it essential.
An older man give his address to a young prostitute and in surprised when all his friends show up to have an aggressive dance party.
A straightforward, minimalist drama with solid performances, Eastern Boys may not be one of the best gay films in recent years but it's certainly a compelling one thanks to deftly handled themes of immigration, a very timely topic with all the issues that Europe has revolving around that.
Tienen una relación muy extraña, turbio cómo termina.
A moving and achingly realistic portrayal of a relationship between a middle aged, well-to-do French gentleman and a young, migrant hustler from eastern Europe. Eastern Boys makes for timely viewing given the hubbub surrounding EU’s messy refugee policy, not to mention the commotion that gripped France throughout the past year. This is a great drama, buoyed by fine performances across the board, especially from the two leads. Visually, it sort of borrows the palette of a Michael Haneke, evoking something like Caché thanks to its voyeuristic look. Sometimes it reminds me of Beau Travail for obvious reasons. The film reaches an early high-point with its lengthy party crashing scene, which is a work of cinematic genius in itself. The montage in that sequence is so mesmerizing, so singular. Although the latter parts aren’t nearly as compelling as the early goings, this love story still comes very recommended.
I love the way a film can feel familiar, while not trodding the familiar path. "Eastern Boys" evolves at its own pace and on its own trajectory. It's kinda like Life that way. Maybe that's the "familiar" part.
I can't recall the last time I saw a routine (and #problematic) story told so deftly as to dissolve any such concerns. The storytelling in this is aces, and there's a few major character developments that complicate the politics of the whole thing for the better without opting for any easy answers.
The first 30 minutes are amongst the most sensational filmmaking in cinema but after that it becomes a sensory piece of melodrama never threatening to break mould and aspire to reach the greatness that it promised in the first half hour. The train station of Gare du Nord milling with all kinds of people in their ever visible class difference with petty thieves and eastern boys without ID running away from police and a middle aged man soliciting sex from the most beautiful of boys only to have a gang of Easter European boys make his house their hotspot for burglary before partying to the slickest of tunes. Half hour of compulsive greatness which raises serious questions about companionship, immigration and desires stumbles into known places of mediocrity.
A list of films with LGBT/Queer content and representation.
This list is films with LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer and intersex) content that I watched or will watch
There are films that straight people never get to see, or even hear about. (Mostly though, I think they just…