Movies: Gay Recs

Films with LGBT interest that I recommend, but which are not quite favorites.
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1.
Happy Together (1997)
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Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift... (96 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
2.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
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The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years. (134 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
3.
Big Gay Love (2013)
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An overweight party planner meets the love of his life but is comically challenged by his own insecurity in the image conscious Los Angeles. (85 mins.)
Director: Ringo Le
 
4.
To Heaven (2012)
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Shy teenager Andrés lives in the Argentine city of La Plata and cycles between school, work and home listening to punk rock... (82 mins.)
Director: Diego Prado
 
5.
Animals (2012)
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Pol is a teenager with a seemingly calm life. He lives with his brother, and is still in high school... (94 mins.)
Director: Marçal Forés
 
6.
Beyond the Walls (2012)
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Paulo, a young pianist, meets Ilir, a bartender and bass guitar player originally from Albania. They become lovers... (98 mins.)
Director: David Lambert
 
7.
Out in the Dark (2012)
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A drama centered on the love affair between two men on opposite sides of the Mid-East conflict: Palestinian student Nimer and Roy, an Israeli lawyer. (96 mins.)
Director: Michael Mayer
 
8.
The Feast of Stephen (2009 Short Film)
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A short about bullies and homosexuality. (5 mins.)
Director: James Franco
 
9.
Defying Gravity (1997)
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Griff wants to maintain just a superficial relationship with his all-gay boyfriend, who gets seriously wounded in a gay bashing. (92 mins.)
Director: John Keitel
 
10.
Nico and Dani (2000)
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A Spanish coming of age story focusing on the antics of two 17 year olds, who have a posh beach house almost all to themselves one summer. This is also a summer of sexual awakenings. (91 mins.)
Director: Cesc Gay
 
11.
Gods and Monsters (1998)
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The last days of Frankenstein Director James Whale are explored. (105 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
 
12.
Antarctica (2008)
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In two days, Omer will hit a milestone; his 30th birthday. Like many his age, he hasn't found himself... (112 mins.)
Director: Yair Hochner
 
13.
Summer Games (2011)
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The story of an adult and a teenage couple during a brief summer holiday by the sea. While Nic's parents... (141 mins.)
Director: Rolando Colla
 
14.
Sal (2011)
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The last day in the life of the actor Sal Mineo, who was murdered on February 12, 1976. (103 mins.)
Director: James Franco
 
15.
Truth (2013)
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A suspenseful, psychological thriller, "Truth" exposes the hidden demons buried deep inside each and every one of us... (94 mins.)
Director: Rob Moretti
 
16.
A Siren in the Dark (2009 Video)
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Cameron, a Police Officer with psychic abilities, is called upon to interview an accused teen in hopes... (81 mins.)
 
17.
Someone I Used to Know (2013)
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When three childhood friends reunite on one midsummer night, their delirious abandon and reminiscence explodes into a daring search for hope and deliverance from the burden of their dreams. (81 mins.)
Director: Nadine Truong
 
18.
Man of the Year (1995)
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Mockumentary look at Playgirl Magazine centerfold and 1992 Man of the Year, Dirk Shafer, who kept it a secret from the magazine that he is gay... (86 mins.)
Director: Dirk Shafer
 
19.
Free Fall (2013)
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A soon-to-be-father policeman falls for a gay fellow officer and his life starts falling apart. (100 mins.)
Director: Stephan Lacant
 
20.
Boycrazy (2009 Short Film)
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Love never sounded so good, until Corey must decide between two love interests and whether he wants to give up the joys of the single life. (25 mins.)
Director: John Sobrack
 
21.
Ciao (2008)
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Jeff is taking care of everything Mark left behind when he died. Mark was about to have a visitor, Andrea, an Italian guy he met online. Both of them will have the chance to share memories of the Mark they knew while knowing each other. (87 mins.)
Director: Yen Tan
 
22.
Dog Tags (2008)
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Abandoned by his father and raised by a single mother, Nate Merritt joins the Marines to support his soon-to-be fiancée... (90 mins.)
Director: Damion Dietz
 
23.
The Case Against 8 (2014 Documentary)
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A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court. (109 mins.)
 
24.
You're Dead to Me (2013 Short Film)
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A grieving Chicana mother confronts an uninvited family member before her Día de los Muertos celebration. (12 mins.)
Director: Wu Tsang
 
25.
Salvation Army (2013)
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In a working class neighborhood in Casablanca, Abdellah, a homosexual teen, tries to build his own life within his big family, caught between an authoritarian mother and an older brother, who he adores. (81 mins.)
Director: Abdellah Taia
 
26.
Match (2014)
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As a Juilliard professor is interviewed by a woman and her husband for her dissertation on the history of dance in 1960s New York, it becomes increasingly clear that there are ulterior motives to the couple's visit. (92 mins.)
Director: Stephen Belber
 
27.
X/Y (2014)
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A look at the lives and interactions of a group of friends living in New York. (82 mins.)
 
28.
Futuro Beach (2014)
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Shortly after failing to rescue a drowning man, Donato meets Konrad, a friend of the victim. They soon begin a relationship which seems doomed from the start, while Donato's past catches up with him. (106 mins.)
Director: Karim Aïnouz
 
29.
Something Must Break (2014)
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A gritty story taking place in Stockholm, about the passionate love between the self-abusive Sebastian who wants to be a woman, and the easy-going Andreas who is certainly not gay. (85 mins.)
 
30.
Helicopter Mom (2014)
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Maggie Cooper thinks it would be really cool if her son Lloyd were gay. So cool, in fact, that she outs him to the entire school. (81 mins.)
 
31.
Last Weekend (2014)
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When an affluent matriarch gathers her dysfunctional family for a holiday at their Northern California lake house, her carefully constructed weekend begins to come apart at the seams, leading her to question her own role in the family. (94 mins.)
 
32.
Sign of Protest (1970 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This short documentary focuses on protests surrounding a homophobic sign that hung behind the bar of Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood for many years. (20 mins.)
Director: Pat Rocco
 
33.
Eyes Wide Open (2009)
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A married, Orthodox, Jerusalem butcher and Jewish father of four falls in love with his handsome, 22-year-old male apprentice, triggering the suspicions of his wife and the disapproval of his Orthodox community. (91 mins.)
Director: Haim Tabakman
 
34.
Weekend (2011)
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After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special. (97 mins.)
Director: Andrew Haigh
 
35.
From Beginning to End (2009)
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Two brothers develop a very close relationship as they are growing up in an idyllic and happy family. When they are young adults their relationship becomes very intimate, romantic, and sexual. (94 mins.)
 
36.
The Dark Place (2014)
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Keegan Dark returns to the the heart of California's wine valley to make peace with his long-estranged family. Instead, he finds a harrowing mystery that endangers his life and those he loves. (87 mins.)
Director: Jody Wheeler
 
37.
Angels with Tethered Wings (2014)
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Angels with Tethered Wings is an unusual, quirky and erotic three-part drama - a back-from-the-grave revenge flick about hope and forgiveness... (99 mins.)
Director: Steven Vasquez
 
38.
Yves Saint Laurent (2014)
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A look at the life of French designer Yves Saint Laurent from the beginning of his career in 1958 when he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Berge. (106 mins.)
Director: Jalil Lespert
 
39.
Children of God (2010)
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The story of two young Bahamian men who fall in love with each other and portrays the homophobia of the Bahamian society. (104 mins.)
 
40.
Ghosted (2009)
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Still grieving and off balance due to the death of her love, a German lesbian artist discovers she has attracted a mysterious, but sexy Taiwanese journalist. (89 mins.)
Director: Monika Treut
 
41.
Love of Siam (2007)
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Two boyhood friends are separated due to the disappearance of the sister of one of them, then later meet again as teenagers, when one of them has become a pop singer, and they discover feelings that they did not know they had. (154 mins.)
 
42.
The Imitation Game (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. (114 mins.)
Director: Morten Tyldum
 
43.
Boy Meets Girl (2014)
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Boy Meets Girl is a funny, tender, sex positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a real man or woman, and how important it is to live a courageous life not letting fear stand in the way of going after your dreams. (95 mins.)
Director: Eric Schaeffer
 
44.
Cupcakes (2013)
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In Tel Aviv, six friends who are appalled by the Israeli entry in the UniverSong competition record their own song on a mobile phone, then are shocked to learn their recording is selected as Israel's entry for next year's competition. (92 mins.)
Director: Eytan Fox
 
45.
Dior and I (2014 Documentary)
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Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged... (90 mins.)
 
46.
Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback... (109 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
47.
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
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Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska. (118 mins.)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
 
48.
Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story (2015 Documentary)
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Seed Money is the story of Chuck Holmes, a San Francisco pornographer turned philanthropist. Holmes... (71 mins.)
Director: Michael Stabile
 
49.
Do I Sound Gay? (2014 Documentary)
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A documentary about the stereotype of the gay voice. (77 mins.)
Director: David Thorpe
 
50.
Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015)
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Rejected by Hollywood and facing pressure to return to Stalinist Russia, filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein travels to Mexico to shoot a new film. Chaperoned by his guide Palomino, he experiences the ties between Eros and Thanatos, happy to create their effects in cinema, troubled to suffer them in life. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
51.
Sebastian (2014)
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Sebastian returns to his hometown to take care of his mother after her sudden illness. While there, he struggles to come to terms with his past and the close-minded people in this town. (108 mins.)
 
52.
The Blue Hour (2015)
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THE BLUE HOUR is a sexy supernatural love story about a bullied loner, Tam, who finds solace in the arms of Phum... (97 mins.)
 
53.
The Heroes of Evil (2015)
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Three teenagers, brought together from bullying, indulge in petty theft, sex and drugs. They inevitably realize they can resort to violence to take revenge on everyone who has humiliated them: students, teachers and other outcasts. One of them escalates to killing, and desires to kill again. Anyone can become his next victim. The other two face the question: should they resort to violence to stop the killings? (98 mins.)
 
54.
Carmin Tropical (2014)
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Mabel, a muxe, returns home to her village in Oaxaca, Mexico to find her friend's killer. (80 mins.)
 
55.
Like You Mean It (2015)
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When Mark commits to falling back in love with Jonah, he is forced to look at himself with unprecedented courage and honesty. (90 mins.)
Director: Philipp Karner
 
56.
Fourth Man Out (2015)
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A car mechanic in a small, working class town comes out of the closet to his unsuspecting, blue-collar best friends. (86 mins.)
Director: Andrew Nackman
 
57.
Addicted to Fresno (2015)
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Follows the lives two co-dependent sisters who work as hotel maids in Fresno. (85 mins.)
Director: Jamie Babbit
 
58.
The Summer of Sangaile (2015)
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17 years old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. She meets a girl her age at a summer aeronautical show. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and in the process finds the only person that truly encourages her to fly. (90 mins.)
Director: Alante Kavaite
 
59.
You & I (2014)
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Summer in Berlin. Jonas is planning a trip through the little known area of the Uckermark in preparation for a photography project... (79 mins.)
Director: Nils Bökamp
 
60.
We Can't Live Without Cosmos (2014 Short Film)
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Two cosmonauts, two friends, try to do their best in their everyday training life to make their common dream a reality. But this story is not only about the dream. (16 mins.)
 
61.
Utopians (2015)
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This visually stunning erotic drama follows Hins (Adonis He), a young student who finds himself unexpectedly attracted to his handsome... (94 mins.)
Director: Scud
 
62.
Whittier Boulevard (2015 Short Film)
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A rock'n roll fable about Andre, a transgender teen runaway who falls in love with a Rockabilly princess on the streets of East LA. (17 mins.)
 
63.
Veracity (2015 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Veracity is about a popular African American student, Olivia, who is outed by her friends after she acts on feelings for a new girl at her high school... (20 mins.)
Director: Seith Mann
 
64.
Loev (2015)
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A weekend trip between friends takes a sudden turn, making them each question what love is and what it means to them. (92 mins.)
Director: Sudhanshu Saria
 
65.
From Afar (2015)
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Armando, a 50 year man, seeks young men in Caracas and pays them just for company. One day he meets Elder, a 17 years boy that is the leader of a criminal gang, and that meeting changes their lives forever. (93 mins.)
Director: Lorenzo Vigas
 
66.
Departure (2015)
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A nuclear family unravels in the South of France. (109 mins.)
Director: Andrew Steggall
 
67.
Women He's Undressed (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary about the life of the Australian costume designer and three time Oscar winner Orry-Kelly. (95 mins.)
 
68.
Slash (2016)
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Freshman Neil's Vanguard stories are all he cares about...until he meets the older Julia, who pushes him to put his own fan fic online. When the website's moderator takes a special interest in Neil's work, it opens up a whole new universe. (100 mins.)
Director: Clay Liford
 
69.
Hunky Dory (2016)
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A glam rock dilettante's life takes a dramatic turn when his ex unexpectedly drops their 11-year-old son off for the week. (88 mins.)
 
70.
G O'Clock (2016 Short Film)
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Alex is a paramedic who saves lives on London's gay chemsex scene, but can he save himself from it? (10 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Marion
 
71.
I Promise You Anarchy (2015)
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In a contemporary México City, two skating lovers develop their relationship at the same time as they try to carry on busines with drug mafia (88 mins.)
 
72.
Holding the Man (2015)
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Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team... (127 mins.)
Director: Neil Armfield
 
73.
Love: Yeu (2015)
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LOVE explores the relationship between friends, family, and lovers. This story begins with the origins...
Director: Viet Max
 
74.
Retake (2016)
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A lonely, middle-aged man hires a male prostitute to recreate a road trip from his past. (98 mins.)
Director: Nick Corporon
 
75.
King Cobra (2016)
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Veteran gay pornography producer Stephen battles two rival producers over the rights to his underage porn star creation, Brent Corrigan, with deadly results. (91 mins.)
Director: Justin Kelly
 
76.
Closet Monster (2015)
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A creative and driven teenager is desperate to escape his hometown and the haunting memories of his turbulent childhood. (90 mins.)
Director: Stephen Dunn
 
77.
Prora (2012 Short Film)
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Prora, on the Baltic Sea. Mysterious, endless. In this deserted former Nazi holiday camp and communist military complex, teenagers Jan and Matthieu embark on an adventure that puts their friendship at risk. (23 mins.)
 
78.
Kiki (2016 Documentary)
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A group of LGBTQ youths of color unite to form a safe gathering space. (94 mins.)
Director: Sara Jordenö
 
79.
The Watermelon Woman (1996)
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Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed... (90 mins.)
Director: Cheryl Dunye
 
80.
Moonlight (2016)
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A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. (111 mins.)
Director: Barry Jenkins
 
81.
Muchachas de Uniforme (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Irasema Dilián stars as the orphan Manuela whose passionate crush on her teacher Lucila (Marga Lopez) scandalizes their all-girl Catholic school. An exceptional Mexican remake of the 1931 German original, Maedchen in Uniform. (83 mins.)
 
82.
Fathers (2016)
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'LOVE' starts with two people, but 'FAMILY' is more than just the two. (96 mins.)
 
83.
Center of My World (2016)
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After a summer spent with his his best friend Kat to escape his family, Phil goes back to school and starts to question his feelings towards Nicholas, a new classmate. (115 mins.)
Director: Jakob M. Erwa
 
84.
Close-Knit (2017)
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One spring Hiromi, who is the mother of an 11-year-old girl Tomo, left home for the umpteenth time.... (127 mins.)
Director: Naoko Ogigami
 
85.
Body Electric (2017)
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The summer is coming and Elias has been dreaming of the sea a lot. In the factory where he works, his... (94 mins.)
Director: Marcelo Caetano
 
86.
Tom of Finland (2017)
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Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture. (115 mins.)
Director: Dome Karukoski
 
87.
Alaska Is a Drag (2017)
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Tough, but diva fabulous, Leo, an aspiring drag superstar, is stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska...
Director: Shaz Bennett
 
88.
Beach Rats (2017)
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An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity... (98 mins.)
Director: Eliza Hittman