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Beautiful Thing

Director:Hettie Macdonald
Writer:Jonathan Harvey
Director of Photography:Chris Seager
Producers:Tony Garnett and Bill Shapter
Sony Pictures Classics; R; 89 minutes
Cast:Glen Berry, Linda Henry, Scott Neal, Tameka Empson and Ben Daniels

When he needs refuge from his father's beatings, sports fan Ste (Neal) spends the night with his neighbor Jamie (Berry). The boys normally sleep head-to-toe, but one night Jamie convinces Ste to share a pillow with him, thus beginning an affair. The two boys come out of the closet, and though we know they suffer torment in their working-class London neighborhood, filmmaker Macdonald chooses to make Beautiful Thing an uplifting story and keeps the harassment to a minimum. Jamie's hard-working single mother (Henry) assures the boys that there's a place in the Mediterranean where homosexuals can live free of prejudice, and she calls it Lesbian.

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