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Sunday, May 29

BEAUTIFUL THING(1996)


This urban fairytale and a story of sexual awakening is set in the close-knit, working class community of the Thamesmead Estate, where there are no secrets and no opportunities for privacy, and where the next door neighbor is likely to be a cheeky young woman who loudly plays albums by the Mamas and the Papas while growing increasingly obsessed with Mama Cass. Here the focus is on Sandra and her teenage son, Jamie. Sandra works as manager of a local pub, hoping to one day own a place of her own. Jamie, in the meantime, is the kind of student who hates athletics and is victimized by his peers. Jamie's neighbor at Thamesmead, Ste, is a popular jock at the school, but Ste has his own problems at home. One night, Ste seeks refuge at Jamie's flat, where the two boys share a bed, and the foundation for first love is set.

6 comments:

  1. This British movie is authentic, funny, romantic, and serious at the same time. Set in a cramped housing complex in Thamesmead, the story is the coming-of-age tale of two working-class boys, who fall in love with each other.

    The director brings out stellar performances from the youthful cast (Jamie, Ste) played by Glen Berry and Scott Neal. Leah, the outrageously-dressing, Mama Cass-loving neighbour played Tameka Empson provides amusement and the music for the movie. Linda Henry is brilliant as Jamie's caring yet brash barmaid mother.

    This is the first gay movie I've seen that portrays first gay love without a stereotype or agenda. The characters are all fresh and lovable. Incredible for a low budget made-for-TV movie, and with its fairy-tale ending, definitely a beautiful thing.

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  2. t was truly funny and real at the same time. Reminds me how amazing ordinary lives can be. Great movie.

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  3. I DIDN'T KNOW IF I WOULD LIKE THIS MOVIE AT FIRST BUT THE WRITING, MUSIC, AND DRAMA MADE IT ONE OF MY FAVORITE COMING OF AGE MOVIES TO WATCH.

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