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The film about a Jewish couple running a gay porn bookstore is the best LGBTQ documentary of Netflix

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A woman’s documentary featuring her parents iconic gay adult book store is the subject of Netflix’s show, Circus Of Books.

Circus of Books takes its name from the gay porn bookstore Karen and Barry Mason owned, overseeing two locations in Los Angeles for over thirty years. Not only is “Circus of Books” a lively and entertaining record of a vital piece of LGBTQ history, the film is also a deeply personal story about faith, living honestly, familial wounds, and the creative process. Mason turns the camera on her family in brave and often painful ways, lovingly molding her mother’s contradictions into a fascinating character study. It is the closest thing to Sarah Polley’s “Stories We Tell” to come out since that particular non-fiction masterpiece, and it just so happens to include a few porn stars. Such delightfully unexpected juxtaposition makes it easily the best LGBTQ documentary of the year.

 

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