- 1 hr 19 min
Bridegroom is a documentary film that tells the heart-wrenching story of a young couple, Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, and their love for each other. The movie is directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and released in 2013. Shane and Tom fell in love in Los Angeles and spent six years together building a life and planning for their future. Unfortunately, their love story took a tragic turn when Tom died in a tragic accident, leaving Shane heartbroken and unable to accept the fact that his loved one was gone. The film takes a look at their relationship and the obstacles they had to face just because they were gay men. The movie shows the moments of pure love between the two, but it also tells a story about how difficult it was for them to come out, especially to their families. The story of their love is not only about being gay, but it is also about the universal themes of love, loss, and redemption. After Tom's sudden death, Shane was denied access to see Tom in the hospital by Tom's family who never accepted their son's sexual orientation. Shane was devastated and the movie tells the story of how he coped up with the loss of his partner and how he fought for his rights. He made a video message for Tom, expressing his feelings and the love that they shared, which went viral and became the inspiration for the documentary. The movie's emotional rollercoaster ride takes us on a journey of Shane's grief and his desperate attempts to make their love known to the world. With the help of his friends, Shane sets out to fight against the injustice and discrimination that gay couples face. The movie documents his struggle as he fights for his rights and campaigns for equality in the United States. The documentary touches on the legal struggles that same-sex couples faced before same-sex marriage was legalized in the United States. Through his fight for equality, Shane also brings attention to the issue of marriage equality and the importance of legal recognition for same-sex couples. The director uses Shane's raw emotions and honesty to drive the plot forward. The film is beautifully shot and is emotionally powerful, evoking a range of emotions from its viewers. It is a love story that transcends all boundaries and makes a bold statement about love and acceptance. Bridegroom is an important and timely film that voices the struggles and challenges of gay couples, those who love each other and those who have tragically lost their partners. It is a movie which shatters stereotypes, makes us rethink our prejudices, and makes us understand that love knows no gender boundaries. Overall, Bridegroom is an emotionally intense and poignant documentary that approaches the difficult subjects of discrimination, inequality, stereotypes and long-standing taboos surrounding LGBTQ+ rights. It depicts the tender and loving relationship between two men while shedding light on the struggles faced by same-sex couples, and it does so with compassion, grit, and authenticity. It is a movie which will leave its viewers inspired and moved.