Love, Laugh, Sex

Exploring the range of emotional, physical and psychological depths of first love, first encounters, and new romance, this selection of films is unafraid to dive into the nuance.

Themes: dating and relating, passion, exploring identity, gender, sexuality, curiosity, trust, intimacy, new experiences
Length: 65 minutes

Advisory: Nudity and frank discussions about sexuality and gender expression
Recommended for grades 8-12
Note that the following films feature non-English dialogue with subtitles: Blackbirds, First-Time Sex Rules, Girls Shouldn’t Walk Alone at Night, The Night Train

It’s almost time to go back to school and Camélia, 15, has a peculiar favor to ask Salah, her childhood best friend: she would like to practice french kissing before the end of the summer. Tender and direct, these subtle and delicate performances envelop the screen.

High schoolers, Sasha and Nina sneak in through the window of a vacant hotel room with every intention to share their first sexual experience, so they won't fall behind their more experienced class mates. A comical escalation of events, estimations and emotions leave the pair realizing that perhaps this is not something to be rushed.

Violet, who is as bold as can be, crosses path's with the more timid, Blue, who is in the midst of coming to terms with their identity. Exploring this unexpected new connection, a queer surf-romance builds, inviting reflection on the nuance of gender and the refuge found in being truly seen.

After a late night at their high school graduation party, Chantal and Delphine find themselves walking home alone in the dark. Lost in the forest, their long night walk is punctuated by carelessness and an irrepressible desire to exist.

Oskar is on the night train, heading home from Stockholm. With a long night ahead, his wandering glances connect with the gentle eyes of Ahmad. For the first time, he meets the gaze of someone who feels the same desire as he does. Will he find the courage to act on his desire?

 

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