San Francisco’s gay nightlife comes alive in director Thales Corrêa’s modern romance, Bathroom Stalls & Parking Lots, in which Brazilian Born Leo and Donnie explore the clubs and bars in hopes for love.
Fans of the unrelenting absurdism of Tim Robinson’s Netflix series I Think You Should Leave will be delighted to hear that an offbeat counterpart is currently making its way around the LGBTQ festival circuit. Cubby, the directorial debut of writer and star Mark Blane, is a distinctively queer spin on a comedic archetype largely reserved for straight protagonists: the man-baby who shirks adult responsibility at every opportunity, never ceasing to view the world through naive eyes.
Released in 2012, Tell No One (Come non detto) is an Italian romantic comedy directed by Ivan Silvestrini. The film is based on a novel with the same name penned by Roberto Proia. The film stars Josafat Vagni and Jose Dammert, and tells the story of a young man who struggles to tell his family that he is gay.
Emilia is a fun-loving, free-spirited experimental actress, with the ideal non-committal lifestyle to go with her non-committal personality; she gets invited to cool parties with drama students, has drunken sex with her sort-of girlfriend Mariana, and has a laugh with a trusted group of pals in her spare time. The only problem? Emilia is 35, and while everyone else has grown up and found stability, she’s been stuck in the same rut for the past two decades. Second Star on the Right, explores Emilia’s reluctance to let go of her arguably childish ways, and gently mulls over the true meaning of maturity.
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.