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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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Homophobia/Homoeroticism in Chant d'Amour
26 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A reviewer's homophobia shouldn't delegitimize a film depicting homoeroticism.

Chant d'Amour already explores homosexual paralysis in a homophobic world.

The film's wall—and its metaphorical representation of societal homophobia—obstructs the consummation of love between the two males.

Homophobia hinders love within the film; but a review of the (beautiful, provocative, original) film shouldn't be hindered by homophobia.

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