The British film PRIDE, which opened Friday, is being lauded as one of the best films of the year.

The film, set in the early 80s, tells the true story of a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists who travel to Wales to help support families struggling amid a miners strike. The unionists and activists soon discover that together they can stand taller. (The film's trailer is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Directed by Matthew Warchus, who will succeed Kevin Spacey as the creative director of the Old Vic Theater London, the film stars Dominic West (The Wire), Bill Nighy (The Men's Room), Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter films).

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Reviewers have lavished praised on the film, which opened two weeks ago in the UK.

“This portrayal of the unlikely 1980s alliance between London gay-rights activists and striking Welsh miners is, quite simply, one of the best movies of the year so far,” said Michael Ordona in reviewing the film for The San Francisco Chronicle.