21 Movies That Queered Christmas

Author: Tracy E. Gilchrist and Daniel Reynolds

Carol, about a soon-to-be-divorced New Jersey socialite and a mother who falls for Therese, the shopgirl who is, as Carol notes, “flung out of space,” earned six Oscar nominations, even if it was snubbed in the Best Picture category. Still, it was the first Oscar-worthy love story about a female couple in which a man does not steal focus and that doesn’t end in disaster or death for the women. In fact, the hopeful ending of both the film and the novel it’s based on offer a possible happily-ever-after for Carol (Cate Blanchett) and Therese (Rooney Mara).

Carol begins during the days before Christmas and includes Carol and Therese consummating their desire during a road trip on New Year’s Eve. There’s a Santa hat, Christmas tree shopping, booze, family turmoil, and the glow of Christmas lights reflecting off of snowy surfaces. Watching Carol for Christmas has become a bit of a holiday tradition, especially among queer women.

Original Article on The Advocate
Author: Tracy E. Gilchrist and Daniel Reynolds


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