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Blue Jean (2023)

Blue Jean (2023)

A subdued and terrifically acted character study about internalized homophobia

7.7

Movie

United Kingdom
English
Drama
2023
FEMALE DIRECTOR, GEORGIA OAKLEY
Amy Booth-Steel, Aoife Kennan, Becky Lindsay
97 min

What it's about

Jean, a PE teacher, is forced to live a double life. When a new student arrives and threatens to expose her sexuality, Jean is pushed to extreme lengths to keep her job and her integrity.

The take

Led by Rosy McEwen's commanding performance brimming with fear and self-loathing, Blue Jean pours all of the anguish and defiance felt by the LGBTQ+ community under Margaret Thatcher's administration into a single character. Writer-director Georgia Oakley keeps her plot light, but through conversations with other beautifully portrayed queer women (especially those played by Kerrie Hayes and Lucy Halliday), she piles on one conflicted emotion after another about what this lesbian woman's responsibility is toward herself and her community when they find themselves threatened. But even as the film takes a definite stance, it validates every response as authentic—borne out of a need to protect the people whom one loves.

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