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QMR: ma vie en rose

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Ma Vie En Rose (My Life In Pink): Young Ludovic is confident that ze was meant to be born a girl and that god just made a small mistake, but convincing hir family and community proves to be harder than anticipated.

Country: France, 1997

Original Language: French

Rating: 5/5

Zavi thinks: Though this film is overall lighthearted, it touches on many quite serious issues, such as hate crimes and class differences.  As an innocent child, Ludovic simply cannot understand why others feel so threatened by hir non-binary gender, and hir struggle to be hirself brings up the issue of gender panic. Though dealing with some very adult issues, the young star of this film remains utterly endearing.

Panda thinks: Ma Vie En Rose effectively blends fantasy and reality, much in the way that I imagine a child’s mind would.  The film offers a unique first person perspective on the early struggles of child questioning hir gender.  I really love the color and the lighting in this movie.  It …

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QMR: were the world mine

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Were the World Mine: Through studying “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a gay high school student discovers the power to open the hearts and minds of his classmates and community.

Country: USA, 2008

Original Language: English

Rating: 5/5

Zavi thinks: Completely destroying the notion that low budget equals low quality, this film is visually stunning.  Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of musicals (like me, for example), the sheer musical talent of all of performers will draw you in.  Suitable for anyone who enjoys beautiful performances and very, very gay films.

Panda thinks: I first found out about this movie when I read a review of the short film that inspired it.  I was very excited to see the full version, and while it was not at all what I expected, it turned out to be a real treat.  The music is great and the movie is visually stunning for such an indie flick.  As Zavi mentioned, this film is remarkably gay.  And like most musicals it contains …

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