Les invisibles, 2012 – ★★★½

This is an interesting insight into the lives of eleven French men and women, all over 80 and all homosexual. They tell stories of their families and childhood, of discovering their sexuality, of their own feelings and reactions to this and those of others.

As well as giving us a glimpse of the lives of these men and women over the years the film studies French politics and society. Two periods are given the most air time. First the 1920s and 30s when these people were growing up and homosexuality was invisible in society. And then, the 60s and 70s when many of them were involved in political activism, fighting for the rights of both homosexuals and women.

What I would liked to see a little more of is their lives now. Of how attitudes to them have changed over the years. Of how they feel society has changed in the last 10-20 years. Of their day-to-day experiences as older gay people. Already at 115 minutes and feeling a little on the long side, I can perhaps see why this wasn’t squeezed in.

Vía Letterboxd – ekcragg

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I am a freelance writer, editor and trainer. A librarian in a former life.

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