PRIDE (2014) by Matthew Warchus
“Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners”
This British film is funny, human and moving, and causes very similar feelings which once produced the award-winning “Full Monty”. A true story of protests with a central argument which unites the various parties and focusing on personal deep stories of the characters at the same time.
England, summer of 1984. A group of gays and lesbians decide to raise funds to help families of coal miners on strike after the measures announced by Margaret Thatcher which involved firing thousands of workers.
From the beginning and despite the latent social and laborious drama, the film opts for a kind speech which flows swiftly, avoiding excessive dramatization.
One of its narrative axis is the clash of cultures and thoughts among a group that, a few decades earlier, had been subjected to persecution and discrimination in the UK, and a very traditional mind-set as the community of a small Welsh village. A well-crafted idea which does not strike the viewer as violent or bizarre. It maintains a balanced discourse and, without leaving aside the denounce, exposes many prejudices in an intelligent way. The script focuses on delicate issues such as AIDS and the misunderstanding and repression within family circles, but nonetheless delights us with a perfect ending.
All the cast are superb in this coral story, with the excellent contributions from veterans like Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, and the good work of Paddy Considine, Dominic West and young Ben Schnetzer and George MacKay (“Sunshine on Leith”).
Recommended for all audiences, where the more nostalgic will enjoy the 80s music selection.
Traducido por: Carlota Sánchez García