Beautiful Thing (1996)

HATTIE MacDONALD

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

United Kingdom, 1996.   Channel Four Films, World Productions.  Screenplay by , based on his play.   Cinematography by .   Produced by , .   Music by .   Production Design by .  Costume Design by .   Film Editing by .   

Wonderful, light comedy from the UK about a teenage boy living with his single mother, coming of age and realizing that he is in love with his best friend. Upon sharing these feelings with his buddy, who is also his neighbour and a fellow soccer player, he finds his feelings reciprocated, and the two begin a satisfying but completely secret love affair that continues blissfully until they are found out. Don’t worry, it’s a bouncy movie with a happy ending, and thanks to a neighbouring girl’s love for Mama Cass, it has a great soundtrack too.

European Film Award Nomination:  Young European Film of the Year

Toronto International Film Festival:  1996

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