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A Marine Story20105.760%5.258%3.551%N/AMarine officer Alexandra is tough enough to kick any guy's ass in a bar fight, but there's one opponent she can't beat: military policy. When she returns to her conservative hometown from Iraq with a mysterious personal life, she finds herself charged with preparing a tempestuous teenage girl to boot camp.
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A Perfect Ending2012N/AN/AN/A100%*N/AN/AN/AFeatures a bored wealthy wife/mother who hates her husband and has never had an orgasm. Her lesbian friends hook her up with a high-class call-girl named Paris.This autostraddle article explains the presence of this entry.
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Aimee and Jaguar 1999German7.190%7.284%4.072%7.8A gripping examination of sexual taboos, set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany, bolstered by a subtly shaded script and a strong cast.On my 'to watch list', but has been recommended by almost everyone I've spoken to about lesbian films!
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All Over Me19976.685%7.348%*N/AN/AN/AThis film focuses on Claude, a teenage girl who lives in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, and is the story of her sexual discovery and budding lesbianism. Claude's best friend is Ellen. Her plan to start a band with Ellen is subverted when Ellen begins dating Mark.
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An Unexpected Love20035.8N/AN/A20%*N/AN/AN/AAn unhappily married housewife and mother of two children separates from her husband and gets a new job where she develops an attraction to her female boss.
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April's Shower20034.921%3.625%*N/A38%N/AApril's Shower begins with a group of people gathered for a wedding shower for April. At first, it seems to be a normal gathering for such an occasion but, as time goes on, secrets and stories begin to be revealed. Alex is a chef and a maid of honor at April's wedding. She ultimately reveals her true feelings which ends up taking an effect on everybody at the shower.Some parts are pretty awful, but it does have some redeeming points. I've spent 100 minutes in worse ways than watching this.Watch it for free here on youtube.
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Better Than Chocolate19996.038%5.863%*N/AN/AN/AMaggie has recently moved out on her own, and has started a relationship with another woman, Kim. However, Maggie's mother Lila and brother, who are forced to move into her loft sublet with her, are unaware that she is a lesbian.
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Bloomington20105.8N/AN/A48%3.2N/AN/ABloomington is a coming-of-age drama film about a former child actress attending college in search of independence and who ends up becoming romantically involved with a female professor. This film strikes me as the less interesting version of Loving Annabelle, though of course it could just be that it follows the basic student-teacher paradigm and so I automatically got bored.
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Bound19967.491%7.849%*N/A61%7.9Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caeser.Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly are both ridiculously attractive in this, plus it has a genuinely good plot.
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Boys Don't Cry19997.588%7.984%3.786%8.6The story of the life of Brandon Teena, a transgendered teen who preferred life in a male identity until it was discovered he was born biologically female.Before everyone shouts at me for misinterpreting this as a lesbian film, it featured on too many 'favourite lesbian film' lists for me not to include it.
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Boys on the Side19956.173%6.044%*N/A61%N/AWhoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore and Mary Louise Parker star as the unlikeliest of friends on a cross-country journey of discovery.
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But I'm a Cheerleader19996.234%4.773%3.439%8.9In this satire, parents who are worried that their children might not be walking the straight and narrow path discover a rehabilitation camp designed to curb alternative lifestyles.One of my favourite lesbian films. When I first bought the DVD I was about 15 and I watched it so many times I almost burnt out the disc. A lighthearted comedy that's worth watching if you haven't seen it before.
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Chasing Amy19977.490%7.481%3.571%7.6Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.
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Chloe20096.451%5.739%3.048%5.2A doctor hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the family in danger.Amanda Seyfried and Julianne Moore get it on. Pretty decent film, who doesn't love Liam Neeson? Nobody, that's who.
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Chutney Popcorn19995.783%6.633%*N/A66%N/ALesbian love story finds a New York photographer and her lover deciding to have a baby after the photographer's married older sister is determined to be incapable of having a child.
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Circumstance2011Persian6.083%7.030%*N/A65%4.0A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.
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Claire of the Moon19924.513%3.725%*N/AN/AN/AFemale authors gather at a small northern coastal retreat to work on their writing skills. A first-time guest who lives for the moment finds herself struggling with her sexuality after discovering her roommate is a lesbian.
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Cracks20096.643%5.551%3.254%6.2A look at the lives and relationships among girls at an elite British boarding school.
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D.E.B.S20045.039%4.735%*N/A42%7.1Plaid-skirted schoolgirls are groomed by a secret government agency to become the newest members of the elite national-defense group, D.E.B.S.Don't let the ratings for this put you off! This is another one of the films I had on repeat as a teenager, most likely because of Jordana Brewster. Also Sara Foster biting her lip makes it worth it.
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Desert Hearts19856.880%6.847%*N/AN/AN/AIt is 1950s Nevada, and Professor Vivian Bell arrives to get a divorce. She meets Cay, who thinks that all Vivian needs is the love of another woman, and soon enough the two are in each other's arms.I recently watched this for the first time. Amazing film with amazing actresses.
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Drool20095.4N/AN/A53%*N/AN/AN/AAn abused wife's plan to escape her husband goes awry when she accidentally kills him, causing her to split on a cross-country drive with her best friend and his corpse in tow.
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Elena Undone20105.9N/AN/A64%3.6N/AN/AFate brings two diversely different women together, and sets them on a collision course that will shatter their preconceived notions about love, life and the power of one's soul.
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Farewell, My Queen2012French6.593%7.333%*N/A67%6.0A look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the first days of the French Revolution.
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Fingersmith20058.0N/AN/A59%*N/AN/AN/ATwo women from different worlds are brought together by strange circumstances and forbidden desires in this period-drama.Maybe it's because I'm British, but I have a soft spot for this drama. One of the best love scenes I've seen in a long time, and the plot is incredible. If you enjoy watching it, I'd also recommend the book it's based on.
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Fire19967.187%6.764%*N/A64%N/AIn this India-set Canadian drama, two disparate wives related by marriage and united at first by the oppressiveness of Indian tradition that relegates them to miserable unions, find solace and love in each other's arms.
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For 80 Days (80 Egunean)2010Basque6.9N/AN/A33%*N/AN/AN/AFocuses on two elderly women – one long happily married, one a lesbian living alone – whose friendship is revived after decades apart.
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Fried Green Tomatoes19917.483%6.546%*N/AN/AN/AA housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.This isn't explicitly lesbian, but it'll give you the warm fuzzies. It's based on a book of the same name.
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Gia19986.992%6.974%*N/AN/AN/AAngelina Jolie stars as Gia, a gorgeous Philadelphia native who arrives in New York City to become a model. Gia becomes entangled in a passionate affair with a photographer's assistant, Linda.
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Goldfish Memory20036.471%5.662%3.5N/AN/AGoldfish Memory chronicles the ups and downs of several Irish singles who, like goldfish, seem to have a memory span that's simply too short to prevent them from repeating the same actions ad nauseam.
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Gray Matters20065.88%3.848%*N/A31%9.0Gray and Sam, are a sister and brother so compatible and inseparable that people actually assume they are dating. They each agree to search out a partner for the other, but both fall for the same girl.Pretty decent film. If you liked Imagine Me & You, you might also enjoy this and vice versa.
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Heavenly Creatures19947.594%8.281%3.7N/AN/ATwo girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.
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Henry and June19906.373%6.163%*N/AN/AN/AA story about a love triangle between the Millers and Anaïs Nin. She is in a stable relationship with Hugo, but longs for more out of life. When Anaïs Nin first meets Henry Miller, she sees in him a rough man from New York. He has a talent for literature and is working on his first book. Nin sees Henry and his wife June as having a liberating, bohemian lifestyle that she is drawn to. Nin becomes involved in the couple's tormented relationship, having an affair with Henry and also pursuing June.
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High Art19986.672%6.875%3.773%9.3A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.
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I Can't Think Straight20086.313%3.759%3.1N/AN/ATala and Leyla come from two different backgrounds, yet are drawn together and form a bond that develops deeper with every moment spent together. After admitting their attraction to one another, they must decide what they will do as wedding dates get closer and closer.Inextricably linked to The World Unseen due to the matching director/actress combo. Watch them both if you haven't already. Download or buy the DVD here.
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If These Walls Could Talk 220006.7N/AN/A49%*N/AN/AN/ATrio of stories about lesbian couples in three different decades.
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Imagine Me and You20056.732%5.067%3.449%7.9A newlywed bride becomes infatuated with another woman, who questions her sexual orientation, promoting a stir among the bride's family and friends.
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It's In The Water19976.0N/AN/A39%*N/AN/AN/AResidents of the fictional town of Azalea Springs, Texas go into a panic after a gay local says the town's water supply is what made him gay.
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Itty Bitty Titty Committee20075.438%5.039%*N/AN/AN/AHigh School grad and all American gal, Anna finds her purpose and herself after she hooks up with the radical feminists in The Itty Bitty Titty Committee.
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Joe + Belle20116.3N/AN/A36%*N/AN/AN/AA dark comedy about two girls who fall in love with their country and with each other en route from Tel Aviv to Sderot (the ongoing target of Qassam rocket attacks).
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Kissing Jessica Stein20016.784%7.060%3.272%8.9A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman. Upon watching this film you are automatically obliged to give your opinion on the ending to anyone in earshot. I don't make the rules, it's just something that happens.
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Late Bloomers19966.320%4.520%*N/AN/AN/AHigh School basketball coach, Dinah Groshardt, falls for the school secretary, Carly Lumpkin, and upsets the entire school in the process.
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Lianna19836.986%7.254%*N/AN/AN/AA happily married woman comes to realize herself of being a repressed lesbian after she has an affair with a female college professor, and then tries to come to terms with her newfound lifestyle.
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Lost and Delirious20016.950%5.462%*N/A53%9.6A newcomer to a posh girls boarding school discovers that her two senior roommates are lovers.Really sad, sweet film with Mischa Barton playing the role of the newcomer, and Piper Perabo and Jessica Paré making out all over the place. Also it will probably make you cry.
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Love My Life2006Japanese6.7N/AN/A44%*N/AN/AN/ABased on the josei manga by Ebine Yamaji, this feature film adaptation of the comic tells the story of Ichiko, a light hearted college student who, much to her own surprise, falls in love with Eri, a fellow female student.
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Loving Annabelle20066.8N/AN/A48%*N/AN/AN/AAdapted from the classic lesbian drama Madchen in Uniform, this film features a precocious senator's daughter and Catholic boarding school student who falls desperately in love with her beautiful poetry teacher.
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Mädchen in Uniform1931German7.6100%8.643%*N/AN/AN/AGerman film in which a sensitive girl is sent to an all-girls boarding school and develops a romantic attachment to one of her teachers.
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Mango Kiss20044.9N/AN/A57%*N/AN/AN/AButch Lou and femme Sassafras drive to San Francisco together, share an apartment, and become lovers in an open relationship. They agree on some very specific rules for dating other people that inevitably become complicated.
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Monster20037.382%7.277%3.574%6.8Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.
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Mosquita y Mari20124.971%7.151%*N/A66%N/AAfter being assigned as study partners, two Chicana high schoolers find a bond that confuses them at times.
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Mulholland Drive20018.081%7.488%3.781%7.9After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
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Murderous Maids (Les Blessures Assassines)2000French7.0N/AN/A32%*N/A78%N/ABased on the true story of two chambermaids (the Papin sisters) of 1930s France who murdered their employer and her daughter.Covers the same story as Sister My Sister.
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My Summer of Love20046.890%7.467%3.582%7.0In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tamsin. Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together.
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Nina's Heavenly Delights20066.120%3.965%3.644%N/AA feisty young woman returns to Glasgow to run her deceased father's curry house, where she meets an old friend and sparks begin to fly.This is actually a pretty good movie, and plus it features Laura Fraser (aka Cat MacKenzie from Lip Service). I don't know what more you could possibly want.
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Pariah20116.978%7.858%*N/A79%6.4A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.
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Producing Adults (Lapsia ja aikuisia - Kuinka niitä tehdään)2004Finnish6.1N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AAfter years with Antero, Venla wants to start a family, but her boyfriend secretly gets a vasectomy. Determined to have a child, Venla seeks help from a female fertility doctor, a decision that breeds new possibilities for the prospective mother when she falls in love with the doctor.
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Puccini for Beginners20065.951%5.655%*N/A54%8.3A recently-singled New York writer finds herself in two surprising and complicated relationships, one with a man and the other a woman.
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Red Doors20056.659%6.040%*N/A60%7.4Red Doors tells the story of the Wongs, a bizarrely dysfunctional Chinese-American family living in the New York suburbs. Ed Wong has just retired and plots to escape his mundane life. However, the tumultuous, madcap lives of his three rebellious daughters change his plans.
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Room in Rome20106.1N/AN/A50%3.2N/AN/AA hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls.
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Saving Face20047.387%6.758%*N/A65%8.6A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.
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Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story19956.9N/AN/A31%*N/AN/AN/AThe true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual.
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Show Me Love (Fucking Amal)1998Swedish7.790%7.684%3.973%9.4The film tells the story of two girls, Agnes and Elin, who attend school in the small town of Åmål in Sweden. Elin is outgoing and popular, but finds her life unsatisfying and dull. Agnes, by contrast, has no real friends and is constantly depressed. Agnes has a crush on Elin, but cannot find any way to express it.
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Sister My Sister19946.963%5.947%*N/AN/AN/ASet in a small French town in the early '30s, a pair of repressed sisters slowly lose their grip on reality, leading to horrific consequences at the home where they're employed as maids.
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Sonja2006German6.1N/AN/A14%*N/AN/AN/ASonja has just turned sixteen, and is going through a summer where nothing seems to feel right anymore. The one person who seems to understand Sonja is her best friend Julia, but as Sonja spends more and more time with Julia, she begins to realize that her feelings for her have moved beyond friendship.
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Spider Lilies (Ci qing) 2007Mandarin6.4N/AN/A46%*N/AN/AN/AWhen Jade, a web-cam girl visits Takeko's tattoo studio she becomes entranced with the image of the spider lily and with Takeko as well. In order to get closer to the object of her desire, Jade asks Takeko to give her the same lily tattoo, challenging Takeko's monastic existence and opening up memories which threaten to tear the two women apart.
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Tanner Hall20095.212%3.924%2.740%N/ATanner Hall is a vivid peek into the private world of an all-girls boarding school. In a cozy, but run down New England, the knot of adolescent complexity is unraveled through the coming of age stories of four teen-age girls.
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The Children's Hour (The Loudest Whisper)19617.7100%7.271%*N/AN/AN/AA troublemaking student at a girls' school accuses two teachers of being lesbians.
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The Chinese Botanist's Daughters (Les Filles du Botaniste)2006Mandarin6.6N/AN/A61%*N/AN/AN/AAt the house of a famous Chinese botanist teacher his daughter and a female intern fall in love with each other - a forbidden love that must be kept secret.
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The Fish Child (El Nino Pez)2009Spanish5.7N/AN/A43%3.0N/AN/AA desperate love story between two young girls of extremely social backgrounds who, unable to find a place for their love in the world they live in, are pushed to commit a crime.
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The Four-Faced Liar20105.2N/AN/A44%3.2N/AN/ATwo couples in their twenties, who are struggling to find substance and meaning in their lives and relationships, meet by happenstance in a New York City Irish tavern called The Four-Faced Liar.
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The Gymnast20066.5N/AN/A40%*N/AN/AN/AThe stunning Dreya Weber stars as a former top gymnast who discovers love and a new life path when she teams up with a dancer for an ambitious Las Vegas aerial act show.
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The Hours20027.581%7.482%3.781%8.6The story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place; all are linked by their yearnings and their fears.
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The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love19955.967%6.549%*N/AN/AN/AThis endearing romantic comedy about two high school girls, blue collar tomboy Randy and privileged, popular Evie, chronicles the odd couple's relationship from tentative first steps to full-blossoming romance.
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The Kids are Alright20107.193%7.872%3.686%7.2The son of a same-sex couple seeks out the sperm donor who made his birth possible in this comedy.
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The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de Pages) 2006French7.178%6.966%3.567%9.0Mélanie Prouvost, a ten-year-old butcher's daughter, is a gifted pianist. That is why she and her parents decide that she sit for the Conservatory entrance exam. Although Mélanie is very likely to be admitted, she unfortunately gets distracted by the president of the jury's offhand attitude and she fails. Ten years later, Mélanie becomes her page turner, waiting patiently for her revenge.
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The Sea Purple (Viola di Mare) 2009Italian6.6N/AN/A58%3.4N/AN/ADonatella Maiorca's sensuous melodrama Purple Sea explores the old-world European tradition of women passing as men. Based on a true story, this taut epic is as intricate as Italian lace.
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The Secrets (Ha-Sodot)2007French/Hebrew7.0N/AN/A44%*N/AN/AN/AThis film explores the complications that arise when the relationships between a group of women residing in a midrasha (all female seminary) in Safed turn suddenly volatile.
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The Truth About Jane20006.7N/AN/A40%*N/AN/AN/AJane, a high school teenager, tries to deal with the discovery that she is a lesbian after developing an intense friendship with another girl who makes her discover her true sexuality, which is only the start of Jane's troubles when Jane's unaccepting mother, Janice, struggles with her surprising revelation of brought forth by her only daughter.Watch it for free here on youtube.
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The World Unseen20076.425%4.669%3.7N/AN/AA drama centered on two women who engage in a dangerous relationship during South Africa's apartheid era. Download or buy the DVD here.
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Three Veils20115.8N/AN/A100%*N/AN/AN/AThree Veils is the story of three young Muslim women whose lives unexpectedly intersect as they deal with issues of sexuality, tradition, and identity. To the outside world, they seem to be typical young college students dealing with the challenges of growing up and finding ones place in the world. But each girl has a story that, behind the veil, is brimming with desire.
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Tipping the Velvet20028.0N/AN/A59%*N/AN/AN/AThis mini-series set in the 1890's tells the lesbian love affair between male impersonator music hall star Kitty Butler and Nan Astley.
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Unveiled (Fremde Haut)2005German7.180%6.031%*N/A60%N/AFariba Tarizi is an Iranian woman who wants to leave her country to escape the persecution that comes with being a lesbian. Fariba manages to make her way to Germany, and is forced into a situation in which she must pose as a man to obtain legal documents.
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Water Lilies (Naissance des Pieuvres)2007French6.775%6.461%3.565%7.7Three 15-year-old girls living in the ultra-modern Paris suburb of Cergy-Pontoise find the dynamics of their relationships gradually beginning to shift.Watch it for free here on youtube.
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When Night is Falling19956.750%5.781%3.9N/AN/AAn uptight and conservative woman, working on tenure as a literacy professor at a large urban university, finds herself strangely attracted to a free-spirited, liberal woman who works at a local carnival that comes to town.
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With Every Heartbeat (Kyss Mig)2011Swedish6.3N/AN/A71%3.6N/AN/ATwo women, one a lesbian and the other due to be engaged to a man, meet at their parent's wedding. When they start to develop feelings for one another, they must ask themselves some serious questions about their future.Absolutely one of my favourite lesbian films of recent times. Ruth Vega Fernandez makes me all fuzzy inside.
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Yes or No? (Yes or No: Yaak Rak Gaw Rak Loey)2010Thai7.1N/AN/A100%*N/AN/AN/APie is a sweet girl who moves into a new college dorm room where she finds out that her new roommate Kim, is a tomboy who looks and dress like a boy. As their friendship develops, Pie and Kim begin to wonder if the feeling they feel for one another is just an ordinary friendship or something more.Watch it for free here on youtube.
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You and I (Finding t.A.t.U.)20115.1N/AN/A68%*N/AN/AN/ATwo teenage girls, Janie, who is American, and Lana, who is Russian, fall in love after meeting at a t.A.T.u. concert and are swept into a dangerous world of obsession, drug abuse, and murder.I watched this recently and it was pretty terrible for a number of reasons. Mischa Barton, why hast thou forsaken us?Watch it for free here on youtube.
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