Closet Monster

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Released in 2015, a gay teenager’s self-loathing attacks the body as well as the brain in young Canadian director Stephen Dunn’s stylish first feature Closet Monster. The film stars Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Isabella Rossellini.

Bad Education

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Bad Education (La Mala Educación)

Released in 2004 and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, Bad Education highlights the effects of religious education in Franco-ist Spain and sexual abuse. The film won many awards, such as Best Foreign Language Film at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Shot in various locations in Spain, the film features actors Gael García Bernal and Fele Martínez.

The Lost Coast

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Lost Coast

Released in 2008, The Lost Coast is a masterful work of cinematography and emotion, crafted by writer and director Gabriel Fleming. This captivating drama examines the lives of four individuals by both examining where they are each headed and looking back at the key moments that placed them on this path. The film stars, Ian Scott McGregor, Lucas Alifano and Lindsay Benner.

Open

Essential Opinion: Open

Kyle and David think they’ve become boring. But after seeing how well an open relationship has been working for their friends Richard and Marc, they try to take their relationship in that direction.

My Own Private Idaho

Gay Essential Films To Watch, My Own Private Idaho

Released in 1991 and directed by Gus Van Sant, My Own Private Idaho is a film about two male street hustlers going on a journey of self-discovery that takes them to Idaho and Italy. The film won a variety of awards, including Best Actor for River Phoenix at the National Society of Film Critics Awards. Shot in Oregon, Rome, and Washington State, the film features actors River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves.

Ethan Mao

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Ethan Mao

Released in 2004 and directed by Quentin Lee, Ethan Mao is a gay themed crime drama that presents a twist on the classic kidnapping/revenge caper, set against the backdrop of a traditional Asian American upbringing and family life. The film stars Jun Hee Lee, Jerry Hernandez and David Tran.

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