MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 14,331 this week

Head On (1998)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 2,835 users  
Reviews: 49 user | 30 critic

A 19 year old Greek Australian youth struggles with his sexual identity and has one clumsy heterosexual and several homosexual encounters.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Exclusive Trailer

View the Foxcatcher Exclusive trailer with Steve Carell and Channing Tatum


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 09 Jan 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 10 Jul 2013
 
a list of 34 titles
created 15 Jul 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 45 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Head On" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Head On (1998)

Head On (1998) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Head On.
9 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Like It Is (1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A tough young boxer struggles to come out in England. Having travelled to London, from his smaller town, he meets and falls for a twenty-something music producer. But love doesn't come easy.

Director: Paul Oremland
Stars: Steve Bell, Ian Rose, Roger Daltrey
Grande école (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Paul and Agnes have been going out for quite a while and Agnes is shocked to learn that he'd rather live with two roommates on campus than move in with her. As soon as he meets one of his ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Salis
Stars: Gregori Baquet, Alice Taglioni, Jocelyn Quivrin
Head-On (2004)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life. He has become an alcoholic drug addict and at the start of the movie wants... See full summary »

Director: Fatih Akin
Stars: Birol Ünel, Sibel Kekilli, Güven Kiraç
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Drew (Aaron Orr) is a forest ranger who meets yuppie Mark (Matthew Montgomery) after he falls while rock climbing... See full synopsis »

Director: Michael D. Akers
Stars: Matthew Montgomery, Aaron Orr, Ariadne Shaffer
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Annecy is no tourist destination for three working-class Algerian brothers and their father, in the months after their mother has died. Marc is deeply troubled: he tries to stiff drug ... See full summary »

Director: Gaël Morel
Stars: Nicolas Cazalé, Stéphane Rideau, Thomas Dumerchez
Come Undone (2000)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Mathieu, 18, spends the summer at his mother's summer house, in Brittany. On the beach, he meets Cédric, a boy his age. A love-story begins between the two boys.

Director: Sébastien Lifshitz
Stars: Jérémie Elkaïm, Stéphane Rideau, Dominique Reymond
Rock Haven (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Brady (Sean Hoagland), who will shortly be going away to college, is a shy, introspective 18 year old, who moves to the coastal seaside town of Rock Haven with his overprotective, widowed ... See full summary »

Director: David Lewis
Stars: Sean Hoagland, Owen Alabado, Laura Jane Coles
Leo's Room (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Leo, a young man coming to terms with his own sexuality, runs into Caro, a primary school friend he fancied when they were kids, who's now trying to ward off her own personal demons. This ... See full summary »

Director: Enrique Buchichio
Stars: Martín Rodríguez, Cecilia Cósero, Gerardo Begérez
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two brothers develop a very close relationship as they are growing up in an idyllic and happy family. When they are young adults their relationship becomes very intimate, romantic, and sexual.

Director: Aluizio Abranches
Stars: Júlia Lemmertz, Fábio Assunção, Jean Pierre Noher
Dog Tags (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Abandoned by his father and raised by a single mother, Nate Merritt joins the Marines to support his soon-to-be fiancée. While on leave in Palm Springs, Nate meets a seemingly free spirited... See full summary »

Director: Damion Dietz
Stars: Paul Preiss, Amy Lindsay, Candy Clark
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Twin 18-year-olds hitchhike to their mother's funeral in Spain. The journey changes their lives forever.

Director: Pascal-Alex Vincent
Stars: Alexandre Carril, Victor Carril, Anaïs Demoustier
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Alex is in love with her best friend, Vicki, her mother has dissapeared and she sets fire to things in her spare time. Vicki comes from an abusive home and wants Alex to run away with her. ... See full summary »

Director: Ana Kokkinos
Stars: Elena Mandalis, Dora Kaskanis, Maude Davey
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Ari
...
Sean
Elena Mandalis ...
Betty
Tony Nikolakopoulos ...
Dimitri
Damien Fotiou ...
Joe
Eugenia Fragos ...
Sophia
Chris Kaglaros ...
Groom (as Chris Kagiaros)
Dora Kaskanis ...
Dina
María Mercedes ...
Tasia
Alex Papps ...
Peter
...
Vassili (as Vassili Zappa)
Andrea Mandalis ...
Alex
Ourania Sideropoulos ...
Bride
Anthony Lyritzis ...
Boy in Car
Ana Gonzalez ...
Woman Sweeping
Edit

Storyline

Nineteen-year-old Ari confronts both his sexuality and his Greek family. Ari despises his once-beloved parents, former radical activists, for having entombed themselves in insular tradition. Ari is obsessed with gay sex, although he does make an unenthusiastic attempt to satisfy the sister of one of his best friends. While all of this is going on, he's facing problems with his traditional Greek parents, who have no clue about his sexual activities. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

greek | sex | friend | dancing | greek family | See more »

Taglines:

full on - all night - come on

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

13 August 1998 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

De cabeza  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,224 (USA) (13 August 1999)

Gross:

$378,667 (USA) (5 May 2000)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(flashbacks)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

In a sex scene between Aria and Dina, the actress' sweater is buttoned closed but her body double's sweater is fully open. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ari: They tell you that God is dead but, man, they still want you to have a purpose. They say look at your parents: hard-working migrants, work two jobs, struggle all your life, buy your kids a house... there, that's purpose. They tell you to be a doctor, a teacher, be creative, do something, believe in something, believe in family and the future, save the world, believe in love, but, fuck it, I'm no scholar, I'm no worker, I'm no poet.
See more »

Connections

References The Grifters (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Thrash 9
(trad)
Arranged & Performed by the haBiBis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A brilliant film about loss of hope in the jaded 90s.
29 May 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Head On is an amazing film. Its beauty and treasures lie in not judging the journey taken in the film but opening up to the experiences of a young man lost and hidden. Its not a bright, gay film but rather a fiery drama which doesn't offer answers but depicts a painful truth which many would prefer to disregard. This is a film about the loss of hope in the jaded nineties.

It is very much a local film (shot in Melbourne) and an Australian film, but I think it offers up wider and more general issues.

Few films capture the mood of the 1990s quite like Head On. It is a film embedded with characterisitics which intuitively identify the strangely blank decade that edged up to the 21st century. If the eighties was - though simplistically - regarded as the decade of high paced materialism. The 90s can be seen as a time of conservatism and cautiousness - again too simplistically - which could be regarded as the tired decade. A time imbued with a feeling that everything had already been done. Grunge embodied this, as did the increasing popularity of pastiche and remakes such as the way television shows were more and more the source for films. It was a time where even moreso than in previous decades - the answers and ideas were sort in ready-made forms. Reused, resurrected and exploited. Sarcasm and cynicism became law. Pettiness became more and more common. Many of us were just tired out.

Ari, the central character in Head On played with brilliant vibrant vividness by Alex Dimitriades, is the embodiment of this tired feeling. He reacts to the world by going to extremes in an attempt to register some feeling, a momentary intensity. Since there is nothing new to be found, he embraces fleeting bursts of passion and uses anything that helps him escape the exhausted sensation whether through drugs or sex, people or music. Anything that he can do to keep himself isolated and inside his own individual mind, he races toward. Head On. He's gay but not proud. He's Greek-Australian but not interested. He's young but may as well be old. History is an excuse to crap on and foster negativity. Ari can't contemplate love because he's lost between the cracks of a society he doesn't care for and doesn't want to contribute to maintaining. He doesn't trust but he yearns, somewhere deeply, for some sense of security or truth. The film follows his search for reason in the chaos of his life in a world of silences and charades. But for Ari, there can be no reason. He feels doomed. Sensation is his only food, the only way to quench an indiscriminate, blind thirst.

Dimitriades puts his body and soul into the role of Ari. Its the performance of commitment and intense passion for the role. He doesn't flinch at the frontal nudity or gay sex scenes as other actors might have and hence brings to the role an authenticity which is the spine of the film. But the supporting cast are equally well cast and powerful. Paul Capsis radiates every scene as Toula/Johnny, Ari's gender-bending cousin. Julian Garner is perfectly contrast as the one person who loves Ari enough to try and show him hope rather than dismissal. In fact, the script ensures even the smallest roles are provided with weight through the powerful and serious screenplay. The book from which this film was born - Loaded by Christos Tsiolka- is an excellent expansion of the films vision.

The soundtrack is split between roaring alt-rock and techno-pop with some interesting surprises. The whole film comes together with a precision and ease which never feels unnatural or artificial. This is a raw but tight film. It deals with issues intelligently and strongly without judgement or fear. The loss of hope shown here is left to be dealt with in our own lives, and with the people we meet. I think the film provides a welcome opportunity to reflect on the destructiveness of notions like identity and truth in a world which increasingly blurs examples that aren't suitable or fashionable.






30 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
sex scsne between sean and ari pscho-babble
Music from 'Betty's Room' scene. corvallen
Loaded now_ela
Apply to forehead? furiousd90
Anthony Callea shoeboy_888
Vincent Chase brettknowles23
Discuss Head On (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?