Men and Women follows the travels of a young homosexual man,Xiao Bo, who goes to Beijing in search of a job.
Three adolescent friends survive individual dillemas that spring directly from their being gay. One fears coming out to his father; another is beaten up by his; the third gets constantly nagged by his mother for his girly behavior. All of them are taunted by bullies their age. Their stories whiz by with lightfooted comic panache, especially in the first half, that the movie is mostly funny and fun even as it tugs at deep hurts.
The film is about a Japanese girl who meets a couple of gay lovers at a restaurant and they lend her their umbrella to shelter her from the pouring rain. But then she becomes obsessed with a strange idea. She is not interested in love or romance or marriage or a one night stand. All she wants is a sample of semen from one of the gay guys so that she can make a baby. A baby is her one desire in life and her desire is so strong she unashamedly puts her request to them.
A married, Orthodox, Jerusalem butcher and Jewish father of four falls in love with his handsome, 22-year-old male apprentice, triggering the suspicions of his wife and the disapproval of his Orthodox community.
Atafeh is the teenage daughter of a wealthy Iranian family in Tehran. She and her best friend, the orphaned Shireen attend illicit parties and experiment with sex, drinking, and drugs. Atafeh’s brother Mehran is a recovering drug addict who becomes increasingly religious and obsessed with Shireen, coinciding with the collapse of his once-strong relationship with his sister. The heads of the family are the Hakimi parents, Firouz and Azar, who reminisce on their youth and what has become and what will become of their family.
Jade runs a Hainan chicken rice restaurant whilst taking care of her three sons, two of whom are openly gay and her uncertainty about which way her youngest son will go. Things take a dramatic turn when a young female French exchange student enters their lives and begins to overturn their traditional values.
It tells the story about teenage boy whose emerging gay sexuality alienates him from his friends and family, until his libertine uncle, Jonbert, comes to live with him and his mother. Antonio thinks he has found a kindred spirit, until the older man’s intentions toward the boy become incestuous and an act of unthinkable violence leaves the family reeling.