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Cousins

Gay Essential Opinion: Cousins (Primos)

When it comes to growing up in a religious environment, discovering your own sexuality can be a bit of a struggle, as nature battles against nurture. While your feelings are telling you one thing, the lessons that have been drilled into you since you could read say the opposite. This conflict only grows stronger when introducing a potential love interest who seems to understand you better than you know yourself.

These Peculiar Days

Gay Essential Review: These Peculiar Days (Los Días Particulares) at Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival

Director Chucho E, Quintero explores youthful relationships by pulling the teens away from their phones and into this remote location, forcing confrontation and stresses to come to the surface. With little space to breathe and no escape from each other, the location has been used as an effective tool to explore these youthful relationships.

Analysis Paralysis

Gay Essential Opinion: Analysis Paralysis

Dealing with anxiety can be an awful experience, especially when every little action of yours brings up images of all the worse outcomes. You exit your house and get shot by an arrow. You go to your therapist and they scream in your face about how annoying you are. You try to ask out your attractive neighbour only for them to gloat of all the local housewives they have been sleeping with. This is Tyler’s everyday life as he deals with his analysis paralysis disorder.

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