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A Song of Love (1950)
"Un chant d'amour" (original title)

 |  Short, Fantasy, Romance  |  1975 (France)
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Two prisoners in complete isolation, separated by the thick brick walls, and desperately in need of human contact, devise a most unusual kind of communication.

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Inmates in a French prison are attempting to fulfill their sexual and emotional needs under the confines of their individual cells. Two inmates in particular, who are in adjacent cells, try to make that connection to the other, both physical and emotional, in whatever way they can. In their current attempt to do so, they are so caught up in the fulfillment they receive of that connection that they fail to notice that a voyeuristic guard has been watching them through the small peep holes in their otherwise solid cell doors. The guard was tipped to the activity by one of the two men trying to pass a bouquet of wild flowers to the other via their barred cell windows. The guard confronts one of the inmates. Although their encounter is primarily violently physical, each man copes with the situation by fantasizing about what is truly in his heart. Written by Huggo

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Only film directed by playwright Jean Genet. See more »

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19 March 2013 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

the letter becomes image. the provocative images are only shadows of feelings. crumbs of a world, scenes as parts of a vision about existence. result - a film. maybe, a poem. or only parable. a film about freedom. as desire, as dream, as ladder. and extraordinary music. that is all. at first sigh. because the surrealism is just clothes for a profound story. music can be key. the year of its birth - clue. so, it is a strange dance in heart of interdiction. a cry. or a confession. it is a gay film but this definition is not really enough. because it can be a letter or testimony about each love story out of society rules. touching, cruel, shadow from another time. and way to discover an interesting writer. his universe, his expectations, his courage to say his truth.


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