At our Greenwich Village store, there’s little chance we could forget about Pride month–not when we are just a few blocks away from Stonewall Inn, the gay bar and national landmark where riots against police discrimination kick-started the international Gay Pride movement in the 1960s. This month is a great time to flex your language skills by watching some of the amazing international films made by, for, and about LGBTQ people–because when you meet that special someone at the Pride Parade, who knows what language they will speak? And don’t forget to sign up for our next round of language classes, beginning in July!
Blue is the Warmest Color (La Vie d’Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2) (2013) – An international sensation on its release; tells the passionate love story of two women who meet as teenagers.
4 Days in France (Jours de France) (2017) – Pierre leaves his lover, Paul, on an impulse and spends four days gallavanting around France using Paul’s Grindr app as his guide.
Song of Love (Chant d’Amour) (1950) – This movie technically contains no dialogue, but even the silences here are deeply Gaulic. Legendary writer Jean Genet’s only film tells a tale of homosexual love in prison.
Three (Drei) (2010) – A seemingly straight middle-aged couple’s lives change when they both fall in love–with the same man.
Coming Out (1989) – The only East German film about homosexuality was released, amazingly, on the night the wall fell. A man who has been in the closet his whole life finds real love with a man for the first time when his girlfriend is pregnant.
Cherry Red (Kirschrot) (2008) – A love triangle between three women in Germany.
I Was Born Twice, Even Three Times (Arianna) (2015) – A nineteen-year-old girl who still hasn’t gone through puberty begins to explore the childhood past informing her gender and sexuality.
Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti) (2010) – A young gay man’s swinging lifestyle in Rome is interrupted when circumstances compel him to move back to the conservative small town he was born in to run a pasta factory.
Me, Myself, and Her (Io e lei) (2015) – A longtime lesbian couple struggle with ambivalence about living life out of the closet when one of the women re-considers a man from her past.
The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho) (2014) – A twee gay teen romance set in Brazil and scored by Belle and Sebastian
Don’t Call Me Son (Mãe Só Há Uma ) (2016) – A teenage boy stolen at birth returns to live with his conservative upper-class birth parents, who are shocked to discover his gender and sexuality fluidity.
Elvis & Madonna (2010) – An unconventional, gender-bending love story between lesbian biker Elvis and drag performer “Madonna” set in Copacabana.
Anything by Almodóvar! All of his groundbreaking, gorgeous movies are now available on iTunes, as well as many on Amazon. Pedro Almodóvar himself grew up gay in a small village under the Franco regime. He got his start as a part of the flamboyant cultural revolution known as La Movida following the end of the dictatorship. All of his films deal with LGBTQ topics in some way, but we especially recommend Bad Education, Matador, and Law of Desire.