Five Unexpected lesbian love stories

Who we love is part of who we are. Here is a list of our top five films exploring desire, affection, and unconditional love between two women.

With Every Heartbeat by Alexandra-Therese Keining (2011 – Sweden)

Available on VoD from 27 June as part of the Unexpected Love Stories collection

With Every Heartbeatis a Swedish drama that follows Mia and Frida, both in their thirties, who meet each other for the first time at their parents’ engagement party. Mia is about to get married to her boyfriend, but as she gets to know Frida, strong emotions begin to develop between them. A beautiful and elegant love story that explores adultery and homosexuality in an unusual and captivating way, rounded out with very strong performances by Ruth Vega Fernandez and Liv Mjönes.

Carol by Todd Haynes (2015 – United States, United Kingdom)

The Oscar-nominated film Carol has brought the diversity cinemagoers have long been asking for to the international stage. Featuring astonishing performances from the Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara (Cannes Film Festival 2015 Award for Best Actress), the film is set in the New York of the 1950s, where a girl working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life meets and falls in love with Carol Aird, an alluring woman trapped in a failing marriage.

Blue is the Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche (2013 – France, Belgium, Spain)

Winner of the Palme d’Or in 2013, Blue is the Warmest Colour is a tender love story about sexual discovery in youth. Every one of Adele’s perceptions of love are turned upside when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself both as a woman and as an adult. The film, freely adapted from a comic book, stars the internationally renowned French actress Léa Seydoux alongside newcomer Adèle Exarchopoulos.

How to Disappear Completely by Przemysław Wojcieszek (2014 – Poland)

A random meeting in the Berlin subway leads to a one-night stand. Turning away from the classical narrative, this Polish film captivates with dark and dreamlike storytelling, which embraces its audience with mysticism and the complexity of its characters. Music takes centre stage in this film, and even the title is a reference to a Radiohead song.

Two Mothers by Anne Zohra Berrached (2014 – Germany)

Anne Zohra Berrached’s first feature film, Two Mothers, deals with love and pregnancy, following the lives of two women facing social and legal problems when they want to have a child as a married lesbian couple. They are faced with very high fees, social stigma and having to find the courage to keep on fighting. The film won the FGYO Dialogue in Perspective Award at the 2013 Berlinale.

24 June 2016, by Cineuropa