FREEHELD unfolds in a way that can only be described as straightforward, except for its content: the true story of lesbian Laurel Hester (the always amazing Julianne Moore), a veteran New Jersey police detective who comes up against the homophobic intransigence of her town’s ruling council when faced with a life-threatening situation. The film’s uncomplicated telling (based on the documentary by Cynthia Wade) didn’t stop me from being teary all the way through, thanks to strong performances from Moore, real-life lesbian Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, and an off-the-wall Steve Carell. You couldn’t ask for a more moving testament to the courage of Laurel Hester. –YSM

3 responses to “Freeheld”

  1. Mary P says:

    I saw this in Toronto (someday I’ll post my list with letter grades) and had a similar reaction. It did feel like a TV movie, that dreaded of all descriptions for “real” (reel?) movie. But it was so moving. I have been surprised by comments that the movie is more about Michael Shannon’s character or his character takes over the movie. It didn’t feel that way to me at all.

    A four-handkerchief movie for me.

  2. Frank Vaca says:

    Straightforward I like that, director has said a recent film was degayed but I could watch a Lesbian film without Boobies. I wish they hadnt gone on a side track developing more of equality Georgia since they had the power. Really I’ve seen a base of a statewide org and we are talking grass roots.

    • CF Cooper says:

      I’m not sure what “a lesbian film without boobies” would be, Frank, but I appreciated how the film took the time to develop the relationship between Hester and her partner. Their wooing each other was adorable.

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