By Ryan Keating-Lambert
New teen movie Love, Simon has met with international praise for putting a gay character at the centre of its narrative, and will hit Czech cinemas early June.
Loosely based on the novel by Becky Albertalli and directed by Greg Berlanti, Love, Simon is a coming-of-age / coming-out teen romance drama revolving around highschooler Simon Spier played by Nick Robinson (Jurassic World, The Kings of Summer). The film also stars 13 Reason’s Why’s Katherine Langford, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel. Expect cheese. Expect lots of cheese.
The most noteworthy thing about the teen drama though is that it’s been making headlines around the world for the fact that it’s centred around a gay character, something that hundreds of other mainstream teen films have ignored until now.
Contemporary queer film writer/director Xavier Dolan has been raving about the film: “A door has opened, which has opened before, but this time, I can see the light pouring in. Suicides, heartbreaks, bullying, gay-bashing. Love, Simon, in all its earnestness, in all its normalcy, shows the struggle of coming out, but with an inspiring conclusion for teenagers who will see it because they don’t feel ‘normal’. Perhaps this will teach them that, even if their life isn’t as privileged as Simon’s, they can make a move.”
Catch an advanced ‘Mezipatra approved’ screening of Love, Simon on June 8 in Kino Lucerna. The film will hit Czech cinemas nationally from June 14 through distributor Cinemart.
Photo: The Hollywood Reporter