Unsung Movies: Queer Flicks (Part 2 of 5)

My alphabetical list of great films that are at least a little bit queer began here and continues now with four more movies that will entertain and thrill. You may even get so excited that you'll crap your pants. Now that's some kind of recommendation!

The Closet (2001)—also known as Le Placard, according to those damn French—is a very funny movie that does the whole straight-guy-pretending-to-be-gay thing with intelligence, wit, and a fine sense of high farce. Indeed, filmmaker Francis Veber is a master of the genre and turns Daniel Auteuil's mild-mannered and meek condom factory accountant into an endearing minor hero. (He plays gay to save his job.) I can't find a suitable trailer for this online, so you have to settle for gazing at this picture of Auteuil and a delightfully chunky Gerard Depardieu, who plays a macho homophobe who goes through a hilarious catharsis:



Get Real (1998) is a sweet movie about two English lads in high school, both struggling with not only their budding sexuality but with the typical expectations and issues that are a part of growing up. It's funny, humane, and unexpectedly moving. Oh, and hot guys! This trailer seems a little slapdash, but you'll get the idea:



Heavenly Creatures (1994) is directed by a pre-Lord of the Rings Peter Jackson and stars a pre-Titanic Kate Winslet, and, honestly, I'd take this movie over those any day. (Well, maybe not Titanic because it's Titanic!) You know how much I love stories about crazy lesbian killers, and this one delivers. It's imaginative and haunting:



The Iron Ladies (2000) is yet another wacky true Thai tale, this time involving a successful volleyball team comprised mostly of gays, transvestites, and transsexuals. This kind of stuff only happens in Thailand, folks. (And my apartment.) Rejoice:


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