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Movie Review: Blue Jean, A Heartwarming, Witty Take on Lesbian Love and Life

Blue Jean is a 2022 British drama film directed by Georgia Oakley. Set in Newcastle in 1988, it follows Jean, a PE teacher at a secondary school, who leads a closeted life due to the societal and professional pressures of the time. The story intensifies when Jean and a new student, Lois, recognise each other at a gay bar, leading to a complex dynamic.

Blue Jean is a breath of fresh air in the world of LGBTQ+ cinema. It’s a film that not only tackles the serious aspects of being a lesbian in today’s world but does so with a mix of humour, warmth, and a bit of cheekiness. It’s like a comforting chat with a good friend – honest, sometimes raw, but always with a hint of laughter.

Plot Overview

Blue Jean centres around Jean, our lesbian heroine, who’s just trying to figure out love, life, and everything in between. Imagine navigating a maze while blindfolded – that’s Jean’s journey but with more romantic rendezvous and fewer dead ends. It’s a story that’s as much about finding love as it is about finding the perfect pair of jeans – comfortable, flattering, and unapologetically you.

Direction and Cinematography

The director takes what could be a heavy theme and gives it a light touch. Blue Jean’s look and feel has a certain quirkiness – think of it as the visual equivalent of a wink. The cinematography is intimate without being invasive.

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The portrayal of Jean is a perfect blend of awkward, endearing, and brave – basically, every lesbian’s spirit animal. The chemistry between Jean and her love interest is more electric than a static shock from your favourite sweater. The supporting characters add their own spice, serving up a delightful buffet of personalities.

Kerrie Hayes and Rosy McEwen in BLUE JEAN, a Magnolia Pictures release. © Blue Jean Productions Ltd. Photo Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Kerrie Hayes and Rosy McEwen in BLUE JEAN, a Magnolia Pictures release. © Blue Jean Productions Ltd. Photo Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Script and Dialogue

The script is a standout, with dialogue that’s as witty as it is poignant. It’s like the writers knew exactly what you were thinking and decided to say it out loud. There are one-liners that’ll make you chuckle and exchanges that’ll have you nodding in agreement.

Themes and Symbolism

The film does a stellar job of weaving in themes of self-acceptance, love, and the universal quest for a great pair of jeans (because who doesn’t relate to that?). The symbolic use of clothing to represent identity is clever – it’s not just fashion, it’s a statement.

Music and Sound Design

The soundtrack is like a perfectly curated playlist for an impromptu dance party in your living room. It complements the film’s tone, often adding a playful note to the more tender scenes.

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Cultural and Social Impact

While Blue Jean does its bit for lesbian representation, it does so without the weight of a public service announcement. It’s a film that says, “Hey, we’re here, we’re queer, and sometimes we have really awkward first dates too.”

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Blue Jean is a charming, feel-good lesbian movie that offers a sincere yet light-hearted look at lesbian life and love. It’s like a warm hug in cinematic form, leaving you with a smile and maybe a new perspective on love, life, and, of course, denim.

If you want to watch it, then you can rent or buy it from Amazon.

Love Team Nonchalant xx

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This article was written by one of our creative team writers here at Nonchalant Magazine.

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