In case you have not noticed from the insane amount of rainbow content we have posted across our social platform, it’s Pride Month! We might not be able to get out of our houses and celebrate together, and yet, this is when creativity comes to the rescue: there is so much you can read, listen to, and watch to educate yourself and also to feel closer to the community.
Our Geek Squad loves a good LGBTQ+ movie, but how can we make a selection with so many good titles out there? We’ve decided the best way to go about this list is to start from what we know: we are an international team and we all watch movies in more than one language – be it because it is our native language or simply because we enjoy broadening our horizons.
And, because we believe there are no such things as ‘too many movies’, here’s a preview of what is next on my current watchlist: I am especially thrilled that a movie from my home country, Italy, made it to this list! has the pace of a thriller, the stunning visuals of a period drama, and the emotional intensity of an epic love story.
I am taking you with me on this multicultural journey with four of my favorite non-English speaking movies, in no particular order. I am especially thrilled that a movie from my home country, Italy, made it to this list!
The Handmaiden | Agassi (South Korea, 2016)
In Japanese-occupied Korea, a group of low-end criminals is helping con artist ‘Count Fujiwara’ to pull off an ambitious plan to seduce and marry a rich Japanese heiress, Lady Hideko. Sook-hee, an orphaned pickpocket, is hired to become Lady Hideko’s maid and encourages her to accept Count Fujiwara’s courtship. Sook-hee is a tough, streetwise girl with only survival in her mind; and yet, she seems affected by her beautiful and sad employer, to the point when she begins to doubt the plan they have so carefully designed for months. Or not. Nothing short of a masterpiece, The Handmaiden has the pace of a thriller, the stunning visuals of a period drama, and the emotional intensity of an epic love-story.
How I felt when I saw that girl | Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (India, 2019)
An uplifting coming-of-age rom-com settled in contemporary Delhi. Sweety, a closeted lesbian girl from a conservative family, falls in love with a girl named Kuhu and has to keep their relationship secret from her family. As time goes by and her family expects her to find a husband, Sweety crosses paths with unsuccessful but determined playwright Sahil, who develops a crush on her. However, after learning about Sweety’s sexuality, Sahil decides to use his art to help out his friend and the unlikely pair begins to put on a play all their family and friends are definitely going to remember.
Loose Cannons | Mine Vaganti (Italy, 2010)
The perfect representation of Italian society, shown at its worst but also at its best, across three generations. Tommaso comes from an upper-class conservative family from Lecce, Southern Italy, and he has finally decided to come out to his parents during a university break. And yet, on the very same night he is about to reveal his secret, his older brother Vincenzo – the one meant to take over the family business – comes out before him. When their father rejects Vincenzo and wants Tommaso to become his successor, Tommaso needs to come to terms with who he truly is, who he wants to be, and what ‘coming out to his family’ actually means to him.
The Way He Looks | Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (Brazil, 2014)
Based on the 2010 homonymous short film (which we strongly recommend even if you have watched or are planning to watch the movie!), this heart-warming story allows us inside the world of Leo, a blind high school student who is determined to become more independent. Witty, brave, and supported by a loving family and a best friend, Leo is gracefully struggling to find his place in the world. Until a new student named Gabriel moves to Leo’s school and the two boys start developing a special bond.
And, because we belive there is no such things as ‘too many movies’, here’s a preview of what is next on my current watchlist: A Fantastic Woman (Chile), Rafiki (Kenya) Thelma (Sweden), Fathers (Thailand), Happy Together (Hong Kong), A Girl at My Door (South Korea).
What about your suggestions? What beautiful non-English speaking LGBTQ+ films have you come across?