28 November 2016

Movie Review: A Very Natural Thing


This is one of those movies that I had read about but didn't see long ago. It is interesting to watch now. It uses real footage of gay pride events in the early 1970s. The story is of David who withdraws his monastic vows and becomes a public school teacher. David learns about the gay world and ends up with Mark. David wants to settle down into a monogamous relationship like the heteronormative world while Mark wants to be free and open. Eventually David breaks up with Mark and eventually meets Jason, a divorced father. The movie is significant because it attempts to tell a story about homosexuality and heteronormativity and it is set in the backdrop of the early 1970s. We get a glimpse of the gay white male New York life of the 1970s from the perspective of the 1970s.

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