Released in 1998, this French satire film stars Évelyne Dandry, François Marthouret and Stéphane Rideau. Sitcom was written and directed by François Ozon. The surrealistic motion picture is centred on the trials and tribulations of an upper-class family living in a quiet suburb, whose entire dynamic shifts irreversibly when they purchase a small white rat.
The feature debut of director Darko Stante manages to find a new angle on a familiar staple of LGBT storytelling, throwing its protagonist into a world of hyper-masculinity that seems beyond parody. It feels contemporary due to, for the most part, the lack of overt homophobia – here, even the name calling is embedded with a bizarre homoeroticism, so comfortable with their sexuality the (presumably) straight characters appear to be.
Offering a glimpse into a little-known world of candour, fiery love and activism, Hot To Trot takes its viewers through a spirited and heartening journey that they will not easily forget. The film combines the style of dramatic cinema with the absorbing content and form of a documentary cantered mainly on the art of dancing.
This French drama film was released in 1996 and follows the lives of four children, including a young writer and a gay Algerian who mourns the loss of his partner. Full Speed (À toute vitesse) was directed and co-written by Gaël Morel and stars Pascal Cervo, Élodie Bouchez, Meziane Bardadi and Stéphane Rideau.
Released in 2010 and directed by Mike Mills, Beginners is a romantic comedy about a man reeling from his father’s revelation about his sexuality, and subsequent death. The film won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Christopher Plummer. Shot in Los Angeles and New York, the film features actors Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent.