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THE HAPPY PRINCE
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HARD PAINT LOVE, SIMON
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Dir Martín Rodríguez Redondo. Prod Paula Zyngierman,
Martín Rodríguez Redondo, Giancarlo Nasi.
Scr Martín Rodríguez Redondo, Mariana Docampo,
Mara Pescio. With Walter Rodríguez, Catalina Saavedra,
Germán de Silva. Argentina-Chile 2018. 80min.
Sales Film Factory Entertainment
A powerful and unflinching story of a young man’s
fight angainst everyday homophobia and oppression
in rural Chile.
Marcos is a gentle, shy boy who helps around his
family’s rented cattle ranch. Rustlers are a constant
threat, but Marcos seems happier advising his mother
on her wardrobe and doing her hair. His family and
other locals sense his difference and perceive it
as weakness. Following his father’s death and on
the celebration of the night of the carnival, Marcos
dresses as a young woman and even enjoys the
opportunity to dance and flirt with seeming impunity.
But there are serious consequences when he is
confronted by young men who seem both violently
attracted to and utterly repelled by him. Discovering
his own sexual desires forces a change in Marcos’
attitudes and makes him fight back against his
family’s attempts to control him. Brian Robinson
This film contains scenes of sexual violence.
Viewer discretion is advised.
Dir Greg Berlanti. Prod Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Pouya
Shahbazian, Isaac Klausner. Scr Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker.
With Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp.
USA 2017. 110min. 12A. UK Distribution Twentieth Century Fox
A closeted high-schooler fears his best-kept secret
might be revealed in this warm and witty charmer.
Sometimes there is nothing better than a high school
coming out movie. When it’s done right, of course.
With this sweet-natured teen gem, director Greg
Berlanti shows us exactly how to do it. 17-year-old
Simon appears to have the perfect life – a loving
family, great friends and good grades. But he hides
a secret. When he starts chatting online to a fellow
student in the same situation, Simon thinks he might
have found the confidant he so desperately needs.
Perhaps even the possibility of love. But when his
emails fall into the wrong hands, it looks like Simon’s
identity might be revealed to the entire school.
Witty, insightful and with a perfectly pitched touch
of knowing sentimentality, this effortless coming-of-age
tale is impossible not to fall for. Michael Blyth
Dir-Scr Rupert Everett. Prod Sébastien Delloye,
Philipp Kreuzer, Jörg Schulze. With Rupert Everett,
Colin Firth, Emily Watson. Germany-Belgium-Italy 2018.
105min. UK Distribution Lionsgate
This passion project from writer-director-star Rupert
Everett depicts the final years in the life of renowned
writer Oscar Wilde.
The true story of Oscar Wilde’s trial and imprisonment
for indecency is a familiar one to many, previously
dramatised for the screen in films such as Ken
Hughes’ The Trials of Oscar Wilde and Stephen Fry’s
Wilde. But with his heartfelt and impressive biopic,
Rupert Everett offers something quite different.
He details the tragic final few years of Wilde’s life
after his release from prison. During this time, in
which the disgraced writer travelled around Europe
under a series of assumed names, both his health
and wealth diminished, yet his wit and creativity
continued to shine. In a role that he was born to play,
Everett astounds as the fallen star, bringing his
hero to the screen with grace, depth and, above
all else, dignity. Michael Blyth
Dir Marcel Gisler. Prod Rudolf Santschi. Scr Marcel Gisler,
Thomas Hess. With Max Hubacher, Aaron Altaras,
Jessy Moravec. Switzerland 2018. 119min.
UK Distribution Peccadillo Pictures
A story of love and heart break, on and off the pitch,
for two young football players.
There’s a ripple of disquiet in the locker-room
when Leon, a new striker, joins the football team.
Sharing a flat with keen rival Mario sets the scene
for an unexpected love affair, but the path of gay
love in this macho world is not an easy one. Mario is
unwilling or unable to acknowledge the implications
of what is happening. But pretend girlfriends don’t
fool everyone. And gossip, along with the threat
of blackmail, unbalances the team’s morale. With
the prospect of a professional career a strong
possibility, will Mario forsake the hope of emotional
satisfaction for professional gain? This heart-warming
rollercoaster of a film, set on and off the pitch,
offers a dynamic and realistic picture of how gay
professional footballers are still seen as out of step
in the 21st century. Brian Robinson
Dir Anucha Boonyawatana. Prod Donsaron Kovitvanitcha.
Scr Anucha Boonyawatana, Waasuthep Ketpetch.
With Sukollawat Kanarot, Anuchyd Sapanphong,
Sumret Muengput. Thailand 2017. 96min.
UK Distribution TLA Releasing
A dream-like encounter between two ex-lovers
becomes a meditation on love, life and the
prospect of death.
This hauntingly beautiful film focuses on former
lovers Pitch and Shane. We gradually learn that
Shane’s marriage fell apart after the death of a
child and he plans to become a Buddhist monk.
Pitch, meanwhile, is clearly unwell. His therapy is to
practice the art of Bai Sri. A form of flower sculpture
that requires enormous patience and skill, where
banana leaves are folded to create elegant structures
upon which delicate blossoms are threaded, it
seems to offer solace to Pitch, as well as the promise
of a cure for his cancer. Ultimately, both men are in
search of something and find comfort once again in
each other. For all its languorous beauty, this is an
occasionally shocking film. But its elision of fantasy
and reality, alongside its rich emotional complexity,
make it a rare and special experience. Brian Robinson
Dir-Scr Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon.
Prod Filipe Matzembacher, Jessica Luz, Marcio Reolon.
With Shico Menegat, Bruno Fernandes, Guega Peixoto.
Brazil 2018. 119min. Sales m-appeal
College drop-out Pedro finds his erotic webcam
show doesn’t deliver everything he needs.
Moody, disturbed loner Pedro lives in the depressed
harbour town of Porto Alegre. He scrapes together
a living as webcam performer NeonBoy and erotic
displays of his naked body smeared with neon paint
attract a devoted following. When he discovers
another male performer, Leon, has copied his
act under the pseudonym Boy25, it prompts a
radical change to Pedro’s performance and life.
His reluctance to leave the house and his desperate
need for money hide a deeper anxiety that force
Pedro to confront his existence. Love, commerce,
family and relationships are thrown into question
as he struggles to keep things under control, ever
hopeful and resilient in the face of moral, social,
sexual and personal change. Brian Robinson
MALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWER MARILYN MARIO