Beautiful Thing (1996)

Hettie MacDonald directs Glen Berry, Scott Neal and Linda Henry in this London romance where two council estate lads fall for each other.

A small but significant film. The acting is variable but it makes its points with a subtle sophistication. Home life is given more credo than street life, bullying becomes a background irritant rather than a plot driver for the romance, the estate itself isn’t all grim and brutal… people have jobs and passions away from the obvious. The magical realist ending leaves us with a smile on our face but no definitive answer as to how these relationships will blossom or die surrounded by so much attention. Would make a fine double bill with recent gay classic Pride.


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