Les Invisibles – Review

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This is a very engrossing film. We live in an age now where really our sexuality is of little consequence, I know in some countries this is not so but my reality as a 41 year old lesbian has been that even in the last 20 years or so such huge inroads have taken place that sometimes I take it for granted. Watching this film made me pause and think again how very lucky I am to be living in the times that I do.

The film features interviews with French homosexuals who have lived through far more turbulent times than I.  They relive their memories in such eloquent and passionate and also some times hilarious ways that you can’t help but love them.

Yann and Pierre are the first couple you meet. Yann was brought up in a strict Catholic home and was very secretive about his sexuality and Jacques has a heart rending story of a mother who told him often that she had tried to kill him whilst she was pregnant and had never wanted him. They share how they met  tell – through the ‘rear view mirror’.

Bernard and Jacques  are a hilarious happy pair, singing and laughing and looking after each other. Bernard always had a penchant for older men, whilst Jacques only entered into his first gay relationship aged 71.

Therese is a wonderful character who has certainly seen life and made a radical change to hers aged 41.. The same age as I am now in fact… There is some wonderful film of her sitting with all her children as they discuss how wild she became.

Catherine and Elisabeth who were asked to leave their jobs because of their sexuality but it had a happy ending as they managed to buy a farm with the compensation and look after goats.

MoniqueMy favourite of them all though is Monique, still with a mischievous look in her eye, and many a conquest to share and in such an impassioned way as well. I would certainly love to go out for a bottle of wine with her and listen to her tales… might need a translator though as the film is French with subtitles.

From the dvd:

Eleven men and women born between the wars. Seemingly they have nothing in common except their homosexuality and growing up in a less open, more intolerant society. Now in their 60s and 70s, they tell their personal stories, either shared or alone. These lives are often revealing and pioneering as they recall their personal experiences.

Sébastien Lifshitz, director of PRESQUE RIEN and WILD SIDE, offers us an intimate portrait of gay and lesbian life from an older generation who often remain ignored and unheard in a youth-obsessed society.

Bernard and JacquesWinner of the César Award for Best Documentary, and nominated for the BFI London Film Festival Grierson Award, LES INVISIBLES is an affectionate but frank account that is in turn touching and amusing, reflecting our own concerns about growing old.


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