Home LGBT TopicsGay Movies / Gay Interest Gay Wedding Landmark + Five Veteran Actresses: ‘Queens’ Movie Promotes Romance & Family Values

Gay Wedding Landmark + Five Veteran Actresses: ‘Queens’ Movie Promotes Romance & Family Values

Gay wedding: Queens Hugo Silva Raúl JiménezGay wedding: Queens with Hugo Silva and Raúl Jiménez.

In Manuel Gómez Pereira’s fluffy 2005 Spanish comedy Queens, a group of gay men and their mothers get ready for Spain’s first mass gay wedding ceremony. That year, despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church and from religious and social traditionalists (many of whom still miss the good traditional days of Franco’s right-wing dictatorship), same-sex marriage became legal in Spain following the election of the socialist government led by prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Shockingly, Spanish society hasn’t collapsed under this heavy burden of sin and immorality – though I guess there’s still time for that.

Anyhow, considering that today the Courage Campaign is organizing a “Light Up the Night” candlelight vigil to draw attention to the 18,000 couples that tied the knot before same-sex marriage became (once again) illegal in California, I felt it would be appropriate to post something about Queens, which has a number of funny moments.

Not funny at all, however, is the fact that Kenneth Starr, the grand inquisitor who rabidly pursued the Clintons in the 1990s, has filed a legal brief on behalf of the “Yes on 8” proponents seeking to nullify the aforementioned 18,000 same-sex marriages. (Read more.)

Queens Betiana Blum Carmen MauraQueens with Betiana Blum and Carmen Maura.

Reinas / Queens is Manuel Gómez Pereira’s dramatic comedy about five mothers (Verónica Forqué, Carmen Maura, Betiana Blum, Mercedes Sampietro, and Marisa Paredes) who must cope with their gay sons’ (and their own) romantic problems as they all get ready for Spain’s first mass gay wedding ceremony. The film, made by Warner Bros. Spain, has the look and feel of a glossy Hollywood flick – or of a non-English-language film begging for an American remake. But cheesy commercialism and sentimentality aside, Reinas boasts a couple of first-rate performances – Forqué as a nymphomaniac, Blum as a sweet-as-overripe-apple-pie Mom – and delivers more than a few good laughs. Additionally, the climactic big-wedding finale is quite touching.

Reinas / Queens (2005)

Director: Manuel Gómez Pereira.

Screenplay: Yolanda García Serrano. Joaquín Oristrell. Manuel Gómez Pereira.

Cast: Betiana Blum. Carmen Maura. Verónica Forqué. Marisa Paredes. Mercedes Sampietro. Gustavo Salmerón. Unax Ugalde. Hugo Silva. Daniel Hendler. Paco León. Raúl Jiménez. Tito Valverde. Lluís Homar. Jorge Perugorría. Ginés García Millán.

0 comment

You may also like

Leave a Comment

*IMPORTANT*: By using this form you agree with Alt Film Guide's storage and handling of your data (e.g., your IP address). Make sure your comment adds something relevant to the discussion; *thoughtfulness* and *at least a modicum of sanity* are imperative. Abusive/bigoted, trollish/inflammatory, spammy/self-promotional, baseless (spreading mis- or disinformation), and/or just plain deranged comments will be zapped, and, if we deem appropriate, reported. Lastly, links found in submitted comments will generally be deleted.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. If you continue browsing, that means you've accepted our Terms of Use/use of cookies. You may also click on the Accept button on the right to make this notice disappear. Accept Read More