By Heinrich Domingo
Queer cinema is often associated with a coming-of-age theme that portrays gay characters as sexual creatures whose libido cannot be controlled. In popular cinema, gay men are represented by Brokeback Mountain and gay women by Blue is the Warmest Colour, both known for their raunchy sex scenes. Carol’s entry changes the narrative. It offers a glimpse of a gay relationship devoid of stereotypes – that lesbians can still be mothers, that there is no need for a “masculine” figure in lesbian relationships, and that even old women can come out. It tells a lesbian love story as simply a tale of two people falling for each other.