Lesbian films 2015

Carol

Carol is a romantic drama directed by Todd Haynes. In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, Carol follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. 

A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light.

Freeheld

Freeheld is a 2015 American drama film directed by Peter Sollett and written by Ron Nyswaner. The film is based on the true story of Laurel Hester (Moore), a police officer in Ocean County, New Jersey. The story narrates the difficulties faced by a lesbian police detective and her domestic partner, Stacie Andree (Page). Following her diagnosis with terminal lung cancer in 2005, Hester repeatedly appealed to the county’s board of chosen freeholders to have her pension benefits passed on to her domestic partner; she was eventually successful.

Happy End

Happy End is a german drama from the writer Petra Clever. This high-energy romantic road movie co-stars the beautiful Sinha Gierke (It’s Not Over) as aspiring law student Lucca, and the stunning Verena Wustkamp as her new friend Valerie. 

Irresistible chemistry blossoms between them as the two women embark on a wild adventure to deliver the ashes of recently deceased friend Herma to her final resting place, against the wishes of Herma’s family. Invigorated by Valerie’s free spirit, Lucca rebels from her father’s conservative plans as her dreams for the future evolve. Their lives will never be the same again. The movie is available in VOD on Wolfe.

I want you

Also known as Ich will dich or Deux femmes amoureuses, I want you (2015) is a german-french TV movie, a drama supported and broadcasted by Arte. Marie is a successful designer and has a loving husband and two children. But fate offers more. When she meets the fiancée of their friend Dom, the two women fall for each other. This comes out and life gets out of control. Can there be a long-term solution? Mary and Ayla are portrayed by Ina Weisse and Erika Marozsán.

All about E

All about E is a lesbian-themed movie written and directed by Louise Wadley. A DJ is forced to run when she stumbles on a bag of cash. Can she keep the money, conquer her demons, AND get the girl? All About E is a road trip, a comedy, and a love story. E, a beautiful, young Arabic Australian DJ seems to have it all. She is headlining at a top Sydney nightclub, has a home with her gay best-friend Matt and a world of women at her feet, but looks can be deceiving. Something is missing. 

When she and Matt, her husband of convenience, stumble on a bag of cash they are forced to hit the road. Suddenly E finds she has burnt too many bridges, and there is nowhere to run to but outback Australia and into the arms of ex-girlfriend Trish who broke her heart. E has to learn to face up to her past. She has to give her family the chance to accept who she really is and find the courage to live her dreams.

Alto

Alto is an orginal comedy written and directed by Mikki del Monico. An improbable love, the mob and family non-conformity pave the way to laughter in this character-rich story that explores what happens when these worlds collide, landing us smack in the midst of two girls, one gun, and lasagna. Francesca “Frankie” Del Vecchio is adamant about life. Headstrong and passionate, she loves her family, her band, and her fiancé but disagrees with all of them about one thing: Mob Hit, a TV show that symbolizes the fetishizing of Mafia culture that, to Frankie, obscures all the more important aspects of the Italian-American culture she longs to feed her soul. But Frankie’s abhorrence of–and her sister Heather’s attraction to–Mob culture remain symbolic; that is, until Frankie opens the trunk of a rental car and finds her world turned upside down. In the days that follow, Frankie and Heather meet two people for whom the Mafia isn’t a television show, it’s their lives. Nicolette Bellafusco manages wedding bands and also happens to be the sophisticated daughter of Caesar “The General” Bellafusco, a new boss in the Mafia. 

What to Heather is hypnotically fascinating, is crushingly mundane for Nicolette and downright irritating to Frankie. Getting away from that world, however, is easier said than done. Not only are the Feds on Frankie, questioning her about her new Mafia friends, but Nicolette shows up at Frankie’s band’s next gig–and offers to manage them. In spite of Nicolette’s Mafia pedigree, Frankie finds in Nicolette something that her own family, particularly her sashimi-obsessed mother, can’t give her. As Frankie finds herself alienated from her fiancé and–ambivalently–growing closer to Nicolette, she also manages to cast herself as a featured player in a murder plot, wherein only she knows who is really out to whom. Caught between her planned marriage to Tony and her attraction to Nicolette, between her imagined identity and her real one, Frankie is discovering that “choice” is a relative term, especially when the bargaining chip is family. In the process, she learns that the most surprising discoveries often come when we least expect it, in the midst of great personal distress, federal investigations, and oh yeah, lasagna.

Jenny’s Wedding

Jenny’s Wedding is a 2015 American independent film written and directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue. Jenny will get married to Kitty, but her family does not know her sexuality. Her parents, Eddie and Rose, have always dreamed of the day their middle daughter get married and are overjoyed when they find out that she is engaged, but not to whom they expected as she plans to wed a woman. Jenny has the support of her older brother, Michael, but has to deal with the prejudice of parents and the conflicts with her younger sister, Anne, who always felt rejected and less loved by the family. The film stars Katherine Heigl and Alexis Bledel.

The Summer of Sangaile

The Summer of Sangaile is a drama written and directed by Alante Kavaite. 17 year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. Afraid of heights, she has never dared to even enter in one of the cockpits.

At a summer aeronautical show, nearby her parents’ lakeside villa, she meets Auste, a local girl of her age, who unlike Sangaile, lives her life to the full with creativity and dare. As the two girls become lovers, Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret, and finds in her teenage love the only person to truly encourage her in flying.

Stuff

Stuff is a lesbian drama written and directed by Suzanne Guacci. With two beautiful young daughters and a house in the suburbs, married couple Trish and Deb Murdoch have built what should be a perfect life together. But after 14 years, Deb and Trish are miles apart–emotionally and in their king-size bed. Their relationship is threatened when Trish’s ongoing grief over her father’s death coincides with Deb’s attraction to Jamie, the mom of one of their daughter’s classmates. Initially put off by Jamie’s unconventional style, stay-at-home mom Deb craves adult company, and an unmistakable intensity develops slowly between them. Trish, still mired in grief Deb Murdoch and Jamie are portrayed by Yvonne Jung and Traci Dinwiddie.

Me, Myself and Her

Io e lei, known as Me, Myself and Her, is an Italian film directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi. Marina and Federica have been living together for five years and seem to be a stable and loving couple, despite having very different personalities.

Marina, a former actress, is outgoing and expressive, while Federica is reserved and private. Trouble comes to their little paradise when Marina gives an interview and when pressed about her love life mentions Federica’s name and profession. Federica’s co-workers find out about her orientation, which upsets Federica. Marina, on the other hand, feels that after five years Federica should be able to come out.

Raven’s Touch

Raven’s Touch is a lesbian drama written by Dreya Weber and directed by Marina Rice Bader. Blaming herself for a tragic accident, Raven Michaels secludes herself at a remote family cabin. She wanders the woods on the verge of a breakdown, seeking peace in isolation. In a last ditch attempt to save her family, Kate Royce takes her two teenagers camping far from the distractions of technology and young romance. When Raven and Kate’s worlds collide they offer each other unexpected opportunities for intimacy and healing.

Liz In September

Liz In September is a romantic lesbian drama directed by Fina Torres. Every year, Liz, a hardcore party girl and womanizer, celebrates her birthday with her friends at a Caribbean beach retreat.

This year is different. She is sick but hates pity, so she hides her terminal illness. When a young woman outsider arrives, Liz friends dare her to seduce her. But the ingenue is deeply wounded by the recent death of her young son, and nothing turns out as expected.

The Girl King

The Girl King is a modern portrait of the famous real queen Kristina of Sweden (1626 – 1689). She reigned over the country during 22 years from 1632 to 1654 since she was age six. An enigmatic young woman in conflict, torn between reason and passion; between her woman’s body and being raised as a prince; between the ancient and modern worlds and between the brilliance of her educated mind and the conservative forces around her.

Crowned Queen at the age of six, Kristina of Sweden was thrust into a labyrinth of power and tradition, where a court of austere, Lutheran men pressure her to marry and produce an heir to fulfill her destiny. She finds sanctuary and love with her lady-in-waiting, the beautiful and elegant, countess Ebba Sparre, although the Chancellor, Axel Oxenstierna, pressures her to pair with his son, Johan. Soon the forces around the Queen realize that Ebba is the key to controlling her, but they underestimate Kristina’s brilliant mind and her drive to be free.

Barash

Barash is an Israeli drama written and directed by Michal Vinik. Naama Barash is a 17 years old schoolgirl. Her hobbies include alcohol, drugs and hanging out with friends who share the same superficial ideas on life. All her activities serve as a pretexte to forget the violent disputes of her parents since the disappearance of her rebellious and army-enrolled sister. When a new student arrive at school, Namma is immediately intrigued by the enigmatic girl and fall in love for the first time. This powerful experience will confuse Barash to the point of giving a new direction to her meaningless existence. Naaama Barash and Dana Hershko are portrayed by Sivan Noam Shimon and Hadas Jade Sakori. This lesbian-themed film is a lama production.

Summer

Summer, also known as Zomer, is a dutch drama directed by Colette Bothof. Set over the course of one sweltering summer, this charming drama focuses on Anna, a quiet teen who yearns to escape the confines of her small town, defined by its ever-looming power plant. 

With the arrival of the alluring leather-clad Lena, Anna finally gets the boost she needs. With authentic performances and cinematography that captures the languor and heat of summertime, this story of sexual awakening examines a girl daring to be different.

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