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Sugar

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Sugar

Directed by Canadian John Palmer and based on the short stories by Bruce La Bruce, the 2004 movie Sugar features Andre Noble as a relatively sheltered suburban teenager named Cliff who is brought into the manic whirl of rough urban life by a street hustler named Butch (Brendan Fehr) and the ensuing complexity of their romance. Also in the movie are Marnie McPhail as Cliff’s mother Madge and Haylee Wanstail in the role of his sister Cookie.

Pulse

Essential Opinion: Pulse

A twist on the concept of trans sexuality, in Pulse, Stevie Cruz-Martin and Daniel Monks deliver an insightful look into the challenges of evolving into one’s true self, even walking head-on into the notion of creating your own ideal, perfect life.  Interestingly, this innovative little film can’t help but make you look beyond the physical and consider what really makes you, you.

You’ll Get Over It

Gay Essential Films To Watch, You’ll Get Over It (À cause d’un garcon)

The made-for-television drama-romance movie You’ll Get Over It (À cause d’un garcon) is a 2002 release directed by Fabrice Cazeneuve. At the center of it all is Julien Baumgartner as Vincent Molina, who comes out as gay to a school friend and finds himself in a social tangle, having to explain to his ex-girlfriend Noemie (Julia Paraval) and father Bernard (Patrick Bonnel) the circumstances of his newly claimed identity.

The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (Ang pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros)

The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (Ang pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros) is a 2005 film directed by Auraeus Solito. It stars Nathan Lopez as Maxi, a colourful young boy living in Manila, who comes into a physical clash with some locals, and is saved by policeman Victor (J.R. Valentin).

Bromance

Essential Opinion: Bromance (Como Una Novia Sin Sexo)

Daniel, Santiago and Adrian are three longtime friends who take a camping trip together in Bromance (Como Un Novio Sin Sexo), an Argentinean film released in 2016 that takes place in 1996. Directed by Lucas Santa Ana, the film stars Javier De Pietro, Marco Ribas and Agustin Pardella.

Broken Sky

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Broken Sky (El Cielo Dividido)

Broken Sky (El cielo dividido) written and directed by Julian Hernandez, is a Mexican drama film that was released in 2006. Following the hectic relationship between two gay students and their consequent temptations, the film stars Miguel Angel Hope, Fernando Arroyo and features Ignacio Pereda and Alejandro Rojo.

Clandestinos

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Clandestinos

Released in 2008, this Spanish feature film follows a young man who has recently been released from prison. Starring Israel Rodríguez, Clandestinos was co-written and directed by Antonio Hens. With heavy influences of Guerrilla filmmaking, the thriller is an expressive blend of marginalization, love, terrorism and police corruption.

The Masseur

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Masseur (Masahista)

The Masseur (Masahista) is the debut feature film directed and co-written by Brillante Mendoza. Released in 2005, the film stars Coco Martin, Jaclyn Jose and Allan Paule. Set in a male-only massage parlor, Masahista tells the tale of a young man trying to survive poverty by offering massage and sexual services.

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