The Sympathy Card is a beautiful example of the normalcy of queerness. In this independent lesbian rom-com, no drama is found in the identities of the characters, rather, we are afforded the same dilemmas as our heterosexual counterparts, gently reshaping the typical romcom format into a film that is effortlessly relatable to lesbian and bisexual women alike.
Being a micro-budget comedy, this film requires a bit of effort from the audience to overcome some technical issues, but the story and characters strong enough to make it worth a look. Available online, No Chocolate, No Rice is a lively gay movie that touches on a range of bigger issues even as it keeps viewers laughing.
Released in 2010, the Swedish film Four More Years (Fyra år till) is a romantic comedy about finding love through failure. Directed by Tova Magnusson and starring actors David Holst and Eric Ericson, this surprising love story unfolds between two career politicians who are aligned on opposite ends of the political spectrum.
The 2012 romantic comedy Elliot Loves examines love during two periods of a young man’s life, first in bonding with his mother as a boy, and later looking for love as an adult. Written and directed by Gary Terracino, this film won the Audience Choice Award at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Homophobia is not the only obstacle to Italian same-sex weddings in Alessandro Genovesi’s latest romantic comedy. Based on the well-known Broadway play, the feel-good film reveals the many hurdles of a homosexual couple that wants to fully commit. Emphasis is placed not so much on the legal and social issues that endanger their marriage, but rather on the hazards of their comical adventure as they make their way to the ceremony.