Beautiful They gives you the soft LGBT+ love story so many ask for but so rarely see.


Director(s) Cloudy Rhodes
Screenplay By Cloudy Rhodes
Date Released 6/17/2021
Where Can You Watch? Film Festival (Tribeca Film Festival)
Genre(s) Romance, Young Adult, LGBT
Duration 10 Minutes
Rating Not Rated
Noted Cast
Blue Morgan Davies
Violet Sariah Saibu

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Film Summary

Blue was having a normal day. They put on their binder, were smoking some weed, and then Violet walks by, asks to get a drag, and this leads to them spending the day together. But with Blue not being binary, so came the question of, when this ends up being discovered, would it ruin the vibe?

Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered

  • Reason(s) for Film Rating: Nudity (bare breasts)

Cast & Character Guide

Please Note: This is not an exhaustive list of every cast member.

Blue (Morgan Davies)

Blue (Morgan Davies) looking at Violet
Blue (Morgan Davies) looking at Violet

Blue is quiet, enjoys a toke here and there, and dresses very comfortably. Usually in layers – even at the beach.

Violet (Sariah Saibu)

Violet (Sariah Saibu) outside of Blue's window
Violet (Sariah Saibu) outside of Blue’s window

Violet is a bit more free-spirited than Blue and loves the beach, especially the water.

Review/ Commentary

Highlights

There’s No Trauma

It’s sad to say, but a story that doesn’t make the experience of being LGBT+, sans trauma, is still very much a highlight. For far too often, shorts, shows, and movies make it seem LGBT+ people have to earn that happy ending after suffering due to being honest about who they are or the reveal of who they are. Fortunately, that isn’t the case in Beautiful They. Did Violet know how Blue identifies? No. However, after spending the day with them, all Violet seems to care about is Blue, and you can see Blue let their guard down as it becomes clear Violet just wants someone they can have intimate moments with and feel safe.

Though to add to the beauty of this, Violet doesn’t utterly disregard Blue, perhaps being non-binary or trans, so as much as you can tell Violet doesn’t care, it is also recognized Blue is seen no matter what they decide. This may not leave you in tears but can get you a little bit emotional because of the rarity of stories like this.

Overall

What’s Considered For Our Final Rating

Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)Recommended

Sometimes, watching non-white, non-heterosexual, and the stories of neglected cultures, in general, forces you to hold your breath. For alongside hoping they are good, there is also the hope there is nuance, vulnerability, and that it doesn’t become trauma porn. Which isn’t consistently available since it doesn’t fit the formula the industry puts on its proverbial assembly line.

Luckily, we’re spared from that laziness here and are given a sweet, calming love story that makes you wanna reminisce about that first time someone you had a crush on reciprocated your feelings.

Does Beautiful They Have Series or Feature Film Potential?

Both and I think it is necessary for the reasons stated above. There needs to be love stories for LGBT+ people that don’t make it seem you living your truth means immense hardship and pain. So, in terms of Beautiful They, it would be wonderful to see an anthology series featuring people across the LGBT+ spectrum. Not just in sexuality, gender, or ethnicity. In a perfect world, there would be diversity in physical appearance as well.

Title Card - Beautiful They (2021)
Beautiful They (2021) – Review/Summary (with Spoilers)
Who Is This For?
Those who want a simple romance between two characters who aren't necessarily heteronormative, without all the drama usually involved for them to be together.
Highlights
There's No Trauma
Low Points/ On The Fence
87


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