Quick Film Review – The Way He Looks

Continuing our journey of using media as ways to connect to the community, we bring you a look at, "The Way He Looks".

“I Don't Want to Go Back Alone” is a 2010 Brazilian short film directed by Daniel Ribeiro that was later expanded into the feature length film, “The Way He Looks” released in 2014. Both focus around themes of coming-of-age, romance, and drama. They both follow very similar plots with the movie slightly altering it with additional scenes. They follow the character Leonardo, also known as Leo, a visually impaired teen who yearns for independence. Giovanna, his best friend since childhood, is his biggest support and the two share a close bond.

The dynamic between Leo and Giovana shifts when Gabriel, a new student, joins their school. Leo's growing friendship with Gabriel sparks feelings of romantic attraction, causing Leo to question his own identity and desires. As Leo and Gabriel spend time together, their connection deepens and a romance blossoms between them.

Movies, tv shows, and other media can be ways to connect to the LGBTQ+ community even if you are not out. It can be a way to learn of others experiences and journeys.

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