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Road To Love : may not always be straight

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  From 2001 comes this queer tale from French filmmaker Rémi Lange about an Arab sociology student at the Sorbonne in Paris who decides to make a documentary about homosexuality as his class project. Karim (Karim Tarek) lives in the small top floor apartment with his girlfriend Sihem (Sihem Benamoune).  She thinks butter melts in … Continue reading



The Shiny Shrimps : The best thing in speedos between here and Mykonos

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  Let’s get the elephant in the swimming trunks out of the way. The thing stopping this joyful underdog comedy, about a gay water polo team, from becoming a hit is that it is French and subtitled. Somewhere an eagle-eyed film exec is probably about to cash in on an American translation with a known … Continue reading



WOKE Season 2 : the lives and loves in gay Lyon

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The second season of the engaging award-winning French LGBTQ series WOKE has landed here, and once again it makes for compelling viewing . This is the story of the melodramatic comings and goings of an LGBTQ Drop In Center in Lyons, which was suddenly turned upside down with the arrival of Hitcham (MEHDI MESKAR) a … Continue reading



Burn The House Down : Stilettos still kick in France

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  Despite the title’s reference to the original vogue movie Paris is Burning this French documentary serves up a vibrantly haphazard fresh slice of chic. It builds on, rather than just borrows from, the African American ballroom scene.  If you like your intersectionality joyful, human and juicy rather than dry, theoretical and earnest this stiletto … Continue reading



Love Blooms aka L’amour debout : a movie grown without purpose or plot

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In one symbolic scene in this French sub titled movie the characters, fueled by curiosity, determinedly follow a sleep walker to find out where he is going. It turns out he is not sleepwalking he is just out for the pleasure of a stroll in the garden. If that is all that is wanted from … Continue reading



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