The set design and costumes are pretty amazing too. Purple Sea 2009 This Italian film is another interesting exploration of gender roles in the 19th century. Another important element of the period film that was always a focus for me was the tragic romantic subplots. Charlene Strong, her partner of nine years struggled heroically to save her and at the hospital in the final moments of Kates life, was denied access to be by her side. However, as a young lesbian I could see very little of myself in these movies. As a kid I used to watch them with my mom all the time. It was one of our first trips there and it was exhilarating.
I think you can see where this is going. Identifying early cinematic representations of lesbianism was like collecting crumbs off the top table. Croft is played by Coral Browne. The film examines societal norms toward and self-identity within the stud community. Fingersmith 2005 Sarah Waters is nothing but consistent in her love of mid 19th century lesbian drama. With the recent release of Carol, I was inspired to compile this list of all the lady-loving period films that have sated my thirst for bodice ripping of the Sapphic variety.
Want to see your favourite couples? Be sure to post it in our comments section! Sucksby played by the great Imelda Stauton. Her pioneering 1974 short film Dyketactics, a four-minute, hippie wonder consisting of frolicking naked women in the countryside, broke new ground for its exploration of lesbian identity, desire and aesthetic. Before she knows it, Sue has signed on to swindle rich gentlewoman Maud Lilly Elaine Cassidy. This production is incredibly well done and captures the overall badassness of this historical figure. As the film progresses, the fabric of their relationship slowly unravels, showing it to be much more twisted and complex than initially revealed. Our favorite was the ridiculously historically inaccurate Ever After starring Drew Barrymore. Based on four years of research into the lives of women inside, the drama is a powerful study of prison life in the 21st century.
The three main actresses are a powerhouse combination. Heavenly Creatures 1994 Apparently 1994 was a great year for lesbian themed true crime movies. Guzman What can I say about this 1996 showcase of a neo-noir-crime-sexy thriller? Schrader as Felice is painfully sexy with her suits and heavy makeup, hanging out with a group of lesbians that kind of reminds me of my friends. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path. Sister My Sister 1994 Adapted from the play by Wendy Kesselman, Sister My Sister is based on the infamous Papin murders.
A beautiful little film that is both touching and hilarious. Then the mysterious and intriguing Carol Aird the stunning Cate Blanchett walks into her life. Overachiever Di Radfield played by Juno Temple, whom I love worships her. A woman fights her ex-husband for custody of their youngest child after the husband sues for custody when he learns that she is living in a relationship with another woman. Set in the present day with a bold retro aesthetic, the movie stars a young Natasha Lyonne as Megan, an innocent cheerleader sent to a rehab for gay and lesbian teens.
Tipping the Velvet 2002 Sarah Waters is the queen of lesbian period pieces. They have a commitment ceremony. Here was our top 10 list of movies to skip: 1. All I know is everything is upholstered in red velvet, a Siamese cat is featured heavily, and there is a domestic argument about a custom-made human toilet chair. Searching for lesbian movies on streaming services is categorically exhausting. She has a boyfriend she could care a less about and a tedious job.
Go Fish Rose Troche, 1994 10. Her first love, however, is soccer. Felice Maria Schrader is a Jew living under an assumed name. Two French queer films, albeit totally different from one another, which gained quite some attention and praise. I paused, wiped the drool off my face and then looked to see what this movie was about.
Christine Joely Richardson and Lea Jodhi May are sisters and live-in housemaids for Madame Danzard and her daughter, Isabelle. Released in 2012, Break My Fall together with and others was identified as part of a new wave of queer cinema, charting queer experience in all its complexities. My favorite sequence is when Nan lives in drag for a period of time while making money as a male sex worker badass. The chemistry between the actors in this film is spot on — and all I can really say is Gershon in a flannel — drinking a beer with that dangerous mouth of hers had me pushing the pause button for what was surly an unhealthy length of time. In France, the film was received as a family film and went on to be shown in primary and secondary schools as part of classes about cinema. Ironically, some of the movies that were loved by some were equally as despised by others. The film follows the relationship between Rachel, Piper Perabo hot! Her life is plain and slow until one night at the local theater, she sees Kitty Butler Keeley Hawes , a female vaudeville artist who performs in drag.
Carol 2015 This new Todd Haynes film set in early 1950s New York City is generating a lot of buzz. She captures this character perfectly and the chemistry between her and Mara is so tender. Heavenly Creatures Peter Jackson, 1994 9. As a gay Jewish girl, I obviously imagine myself as this character. We see him struggling with his sexuality and his identity in an environment that is particularly harsh on him.