Getting the chance to watch the film, The Way He Looks by Daniel Ribeiro is an experience I wish everyone had the chance to partake in. The film focuses on the life of a blind high school teen, Leonardo (Leo), who finds himself falling for the new kid in school, Gabriel. The film gives great perspective on life as a high school student, capturing arguments with parents and friends, bullying, late night sneaking out and fun parties. What I found most interesting about the film was the natural take on sexuality. When we see Leo begin to realize he is interested in Gabriel, he doesn’t struggle with the thought of being gay, but rather just isn’t sure whether Gabriel likes him or not. Never in the film does anyone say the word gay or insist that Leo “come out”. I find that this differs, however, from the social construction of our current society as I’ve found that someone who is gay will need to make somewhat of a spectacle when it comes to coming out. When I say social construction, I’m talking about the way society expects one to act based on their physical appearance. The film doesn’t show us Leo’s parents’ reaction which I think could have been interesting in continuing to build on the naturalization of sexual orientations other than heterosexual. One of the key scenes in my opinion was when Leo interacts with his bullies for the last time in the film. Leo often endures bullying at school and when bullies found that Leo was hanging out with Gabe very often, the homophobic bullying began. In this final scene, we see Leo take, in stride, his boyfriends hand and continue walking home, regardless of what the bullies think. This scene drives home something that one of my friends mentioned as we left the theater, “how could anyone find that wrong?” The emotional pull that this piece had was intense. The film did an amazing job at making the development of a homosexual relationship, completely natural. My overall experience with the festival was pretty short and sweet. It was great to be given the opportunity to interact with the LGBTQ community in a medium as casual as a movie theater; again, speaking wonders to the naturalization of non-heterosexual orientations. I personally left the theatre after seeing my film with a new perspective on sexuality. The Way He Looks made homosexual relationships seem, to me, as natural as any other relationship and I believe that was the goal. I’m happy to say I attended the Reelout Film Festival of 2015 and hope to potentially borrow and watch some of their other films.