3 things to know about Love, Simon, the teen movie that rocked the genre

After its remarkable release in the United States, Love, Simon, the teen-movie phenomenon, has reached French theaters.

Din the generation of teen movies, Love, Simon about teenagers who love and suffer from it at one point or another in the plot. Classic, to this day.

Like all the heroes in these sweet films, Simon dreams of true love. She immediately begins a 100% digital relationship with a stranger, slowly jeopardizing her secret: the teenager prefers men over women. Nothing unusual so far, except that no one around him knew he was gay. On paper, Love, Simon nothing revolutionary and remains a story that is somewhat marshmallow and classic. But soon, thanks to the content of his words, this feature film by Greg Berlanti (showrunner of the series. Flash or super girl) became a really popular event.


Released in March in the United States, Love, Simon captured the hearts of American critics and viewers. Back to 3 important facts to remember from this film that in just a few months has become a true symbol for the LGBT cause.


The first teen-movie starring a gay character

During the film’s promotion, director Greg Berlanti returned to the LGBT symbol in his film, recalled during an interview on the AlloCiné site: “This is the first studio film to tell the story of the discovery of love by a gay teenager.”

In cinema, homosexuality is often treated in independent films that offer dark plots, often less accessible to the young. This is especially the case with Call me by your Name or Poor Education by Pedro Almodóvar.

Unlike these two examples, Love, Simon aimed at the most, a popular film based on the basic principles of teen-movie: love, gently written characters despite the somewhat caricatural features, an American high school full of clichés and always a dose of humor.


Adapted from a best -selling book in the United States

In the veins of Our opposing starsLove, Simon is the adaptation of a best -selling novel: “I, Simon, 16 -year -old Homo Sapiens” by Becky Albertalli. Released in 2012, the book won the William C. Morris Award for Best Young Adult First Novel of the Year.

To be honest with reality and write about Simon’s character, the author, formerly a psychologist at the time of writing the novel, was largely inspired by the LGBTQ young people he had the opportunity to meet as patients. .


A film that changes the lives of LGBT youth

Love, Simon with many gay teenagers during their time out. Some testimonials posted on Twitter show the strength of this comedy, as revealed by TETU magazine. One of the spectators announced that he was out because of the film: “I was working in a cinema and two old women bought tickets to see‘ Love, Simon ’. Leaving one of the two, one turned to me and said ‘He’s been my best friend for 25 years and I’ll be with him at the end of the film’. I cried over it “.

In addition, the fiction quickly captures the reality of Nick Robinson, the young actor who plays Simon. The latter testified during her visit to the Ellen Show that her younger brother revealed his homosexuality to her during the filming: “ One of the best things about this movie is allowing (my brother) to talk to us about it. I think the strength of Love, Simon is able to start conversations. »

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