9. FILM: The Happy Sad
One of our picks for best films at Outfest came from filmmaker Rodney Evans, who made the winning film Brother to Brother. His latest, The Happy Sad, is a romantic drama that does a pretty convincing job of exploring modern relationships. It is — if the young generation has any say — a film of its time, one in which everyone is, if not sexually fluid, then open to sexual experiences that can’t be easily boxed in. While you might think The Happy Sad will turn out to be just another in a long line of films in which a straight person has a same-sex affair, then decides it’s not for them, leaving a queer lover in the lurch, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. At its heart, it’s a film about the politics of open relationships and the sociality of bisexuality. The film opens today in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the college town of Irvine, Calif.