Flashback Friday: Mysterious Skin

Technically we watched Mysterious Skin last week, but I’m taking advantage of not having class this week to get to really talk about two heavy movies instead of shoving them both into last week’s post. Anyway, Mysterious Skin is an American film from 2004 that deals with the two very different paths that two survivors of childhood sexual abuse travel.

Warning for discussion of graphic depictions childhood abuse, rape, and trauma.

(WordPress won’t let me upload a picture right now for some reason, but y’all know what Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks like.)

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Flashback Friday: The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros

This week we watched both The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, a Filipino film from 2005, and also Mysterious Skin, but I’m going to talk about that one next week when we don’t have class, because there’s a lot to say about both and I need to sit on that one for a bit. This week’s film is about a gay preteen in the Philippines and would never, ever have been made in the US for a number of reasons.


Maxi and Victor – source

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Flashback Friday: Tomboy

This week we watched Tomboy, a French film from 2011 about a child who secretly tells the children in his new neighborhood that he is a boy. I mainly want to compare this movie to Boys Don’t Cry.

Warning for discussions of rape, sexual assault, and general transphobia.


Mikael – image source

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Flashback Friday: Fire and Tropical Malady

This week we watched two films: Fire, an independent Indian film from 1996 that caused lots of scandal and protest, and Tropical Malady, a Thai film from 2004. I want to talk some more about what makes a film queer and how stressful watching LGBT-centered media can be.


The first half of Tropical Malady – image source

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Flashback Friday: I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone

This week we watched a 2006 Malaysian art cinema film, I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone, which doesn’t have any overt LGBT content, but which my professor still classifies as a queer film. Consider he said this after saying he chose not to put a film in the syllabus because it was a straightforward gay/lesbian film and not a queer film, we’re gonna talk about what does or doesn’t make a film queer.


These movies are so hard to find usable pictures for! – image source

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