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David Leavitt (novella "The Page Turner")
Ventura Pons
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Release Date:
8 February 2002 (Spain) See more »
Paul, a handsome and talented music student is employed as the page-turner at one of the world famous pianist Kennington's concerts in San Francisco. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Juliet Stevenson ... Pamela Porterfield

Kevin Bishop ... Paul Porterfield

Allan Corduner ... Joseph Mansourian

Paul Rhys ... Richard Kennington
Craig Hill ... Izzy
Leslie Charles ... Tushi
Pamela Field ... Diane

Naím Thomas ... Teddy (as Naïm Thomas)

Geraldine McEwan ... Novotna
Mingo Ràfols ... Waiter

Roger Coma ... Receptionist
Pepa López ... Gypsy
Mauricio Cruz ... Hector (as Mauricio De La Cruz)

Manu Fullola ... Hustler
Carlos Castañón ... Alden
Hernán González ... Zenon
Brenda Roque ... Student #1
Helenika Hellevig ... Student #2

Marianne Choquet ... Enid

Sue Flack ... Carolyn
Jack McKusay ... Boyfriend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miquel Bordoy

Directed by
Ventura Pons 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Leavitt  novella "The Page Turner"
Ventura Pons 

Produced by
Gemma Folch .... associate producer
Monika Ganzenmüller .... associate producer
Ventura Pons .... producer
Petra Schepeler .... associate producer
Aintza Serra .... line producer
Michael Smeaton .... executive producer (as Mike Smeaton)
Thomas Spieker .... executive producer
Original Music by
Carles Cases 
Cinematography by
Mario Montero (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Pere Abadal 
Casting by
Pep Armengol 
Leo Davis 
Art Direction by
Bel·lo Torras 
Set Decoration by
Mercè Parés 
Costume Design by
María Gil 
Makeup Department
Patricia Abril .... assistant makeup artist
Patricia Argila .... assistant makeup artist
Maru Errando .... makeup artist
Production Management
Chris Bongirne .... unit manager: second unit, US
Valentí Closas .... production manager
Guillermo Escalona .... production manager: third unit, US
Jon Kuyper .... production manager: second unit, US
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pepe Combalia .... third assistant director
Salva Ferrer .... third assistant director
John Kramer .... third assistant director
Fernando Trullols .... first assistant director
Gerard Verdaguer .... second assistant director
Art Department
Pere Carreras .... art director assistant
Miguel Ángel Delgado .... art department runner
Leopoldo Diaz .... art department runner
Elis Ferrer .... property master
Pedro Gaspar .... set builder
Artur Montfort .... graphic designer
Vicky Polls .... graphic designer (as Viky Polls)
Nerea Torrecilla .... props assistant
Carles Valero .... art department runner
Toni Vidaechea .... art department runner
Peio Vizcaya .... set dresser
Sandra Álvarez .... art department assistant
Sound Department
David Casamitjana .... sound engineer
Daniel Espinet .... sound mixer (as Dani Espinet)
Enric Espinet .... sound mixer
Manuel Lizancos .... sound effects (as Manolo Lizancos)
Marcos Martínez .... sound engineer
Natxo Ortúzar .... boom operator (as Nacho Ortuzar)
Jaume Puig .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
David Pérez .... sound engineer
Núria Rubió .... sound runner
Joan Vidal .... sound engineer
Boris Zapata .... direct sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Blanca Anunzibay .... clapper loader
Tito Arcas .... electrician
Javier Arrontes .... focus puller
Arsenio Assin .... clapper loader: third unit
Andrew Bowley .... director of photography: second unit, US (as Andy Bowley)
Chano Cabillas .... clapper loader: third unit
Santiago Casado .... crane operator
Menna Fité .... assistant Steadicam operator
Javier González Leonardo .... assistant grip (as Javier González)
Marc Hillygus .... assistant camera: US second unit
Dani Jareño .... electrician (as Daniel Jareño)
Robert J. Lyons .... director of photography: third unit, US
Joan Morató .... Steadicam operator
Segismundo Mulero .... key grip (as Mundo Mulero)
Poli Ramiro .... gaffer
Toni Romero .... video operator
Pere Selva .... still photographer
Ismael Sánchez .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ángela Casillas .... seamstress (as Angela Cassillas)
Nuria Clanchet .... wardrobe assistant
Susana Loureda .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
José Calderón .... negative cutter
Manolo Millán .... color timer
Music Department
Joan Alfaras .... musician: second violin
Oriol Camprodón .... musician: clarinet solo
M. Ángels Cases .... musician: second violin (as Angels Cases)
Gabriel Coll .... musician: first violin
Gonçal Comellas .... conductor
Anna Comelles .... musician: cello
Miguel Ángel Cordero .... musician: double bass
Miguel de Córdoba .... musician: first violin (as Miguel Córdoba)
Maria Victòria Fernández .... musician: first violin
Nuria Freixanet .... musician: first violin
George Leyva .... music producer (as Jorge Leyva)
María Morera .... musician: viola
Josep Pazos .... musician: cello
Carles Puig .... musician: second violin
Josep Lluís Pérez .... musician: piano solo
Marta Ribas .... musician: viola
Ferran Saló .... musician: viola
Ferran Torrents .... musician: oboe solo
Transportation Department
Toni Bedía .... driver: electricians truck
Manuel Caro .... driver: generator truck
Joan González .... driver: wardrobe truck (as Joan González Ledesma)
Isidro Martínez .... driver: generator truck
Juan Orduña .... driver: camera truck
Other crew
Albert Allué .... production runner
Jon Ayastui .... security officer
Núria Casanueva .... script supervisor
Guille Cascante .... making-of (as Guillem Cascante)
Barbara Celis .... production assistant: third unit (as Barbara Celis D'Amico)
Guillem Cobo .... third production assistant
Ramón Codina .... production coordinator: third unit
Amelie Deturckheim .... assistant: Juliet Stevenson
Dámaso Elkoroiribe .... security officer
Joan Estrada .... press agent
Marc Gardeta .... production runner
Iván Gómez .... first production assistant
Gahan Haskins .... location manager: second unit
Jordi Inglada .... stand-in
Michael Jennings-Offen .... stand-in: second unit
Jessica Junyent .... international production coordinator, second unit, US
Luci Lenox .... production coordinator
Gabriel Malaspina .... security officer
Jerónimo Marchioni .... security officer
Joan Carles Martel .... stand-in
Ramón Martos .... laboratory director
Jessica Montaner .... third production assistant
Artur Montfort .... title designer
Francesc Navarro .... production administrator
Amber Ockrassa .... dialogue coach
Pep Pagès .... labor consultant
Vicky Polls .... title designer
Jordi Pérez .... stand-in
Bernat Rifé .... production runner
Violeta Roca .... second production assistant
Neus Suñé .... stand-in
Ester Velasco .... production secretary
Anna Azcona .... thanks
Thomas Burberry .... thanks
Martí Cornaut .... thanks
María Delgado .... thanks
Josep Fons .... thanks
Joan García Llach .... thanks
Francesc García Planas .... thanks
Henry Little .... thanks
Antonio Miró .... thanks
Montserrat Parés Alavedra .... thanks
Richard Peña .... thanks
Josep Pons .... thanks
Inés Rodríguez .... thanks
Phylis Rose .... thanks
Rosa Maria Sardà .... thanks
Jacint Todó .... thanks
María Torrontegui .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Page Turner" - Japan (English title) (festival title)
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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language
112 min
Aspect Ratio:
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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A Nice Snack, But Not Quite A Meal, 20 June 2003
Author: NYCNetguy from NYC

`Food Of Love' marks the debut of Ventura Pons first English language film and is based on the novel, `The Page Turner' by David Leavitt. As the film began I thought to myself, `This is going to be one of the best gay films I've seen in recent memory', and although I really enjoyed it, what began as a really good coming of age love story, midway through it took a completely different direction and became an after school special, centered around a mother dealing with her son's homosexuality. Having not read the book I can't say how it compares, but as a movie, it left me hungry for more. All the performances are great although the mother (Juliet Stevenson) at times seemed too over the top and almost cartoonish. Kevin Bishop who plays Paul, is a cute, blue-eyed, blonde that showed a wide range of emotions throughout the film, from his first sexual encounter, to his disappointments with school, and frustrations with his mom, and so forth. Paul Rhys also gives a wonderful performance and appears sensitive, intimate and charming towards towards the boy and his mom.

It begins in San Francisco as 18 year old Paul Portfield (Kevin Bishop), an aspiring piano player and soon to be Juliard student, gets a job as a page turner for his idol Richard Kennington (Paul Rhys), a renowned concert pianist. During the concert as Paul reaches to turn the pages as Richard plays feverishly, you get the beginning glimpses of the sexual sparks between them. After the concert, Richard invites Paul out for a drink only to be interrupted and taken home by his overprotective and at times manic mother (Juliet Stevenson).

After finding out his dad has left his mother for another woman, Paul and his mom venture off to Spain on vacation. While wandering the streets Paul spots a concert poster featuring Richard and he sets out to find him. Paul tracks him down and drops by his hotel room where he's soon seduced by the pianist in an intimate and gentle way. Paul becomes totally infatuated with Richard and after a week long fling Paul and his mom are off to Granada while Richard, unbeknownst to Paul, returns home to New York and his manager/lover Joseph Mansourian (Allan Corduner). Months go by and Paul is now attending Juliard, seeing an older man, and trying to get over Richard. It's a rollercoaster of a ride especially when a classmate of Paul's gets signed by Mansourian while Mansourian wants Paul to be a page turner yet again at a dinner party. In the midst off all this Paul's mom is trying to cope with divorce and, after finding a porn magazine in Paul's suitcase, her son's homosexuality. This is where the story takes a turn that was not completely satisfying. The mother attends a `mom's with gay sons' meeting and it just seemed totally misplaced and campy. Also, while attending school Paul seems to always be in the company of older men. I considered maybe that was his way of looking to a father figure or something but why wasn't he going out with guys his own age? His roommate looked cute enough. Also the portrayal of the older guys seemed to suggest they preyed on younger men. Those are just a couple of the issues I had with the story and I was a bit disappointed that it didn't stay focused on his relationship with Richard.

Events unfold and secrets are revealed, but many questions are still left unanswered at the end. Overall I would recommend it but still wish the story had centered more around Paul and his relationships than that of his mother and her issues. I'd love to see a sequel that's for sure! The acting is fine and the locales and direction I thought were great. There are a number of scenes with brief nudity and homoerotic touches that give this picture an `R' rating. The picture quality of the DVD is crisp and clear and so is the audio. It also features extras that include interviews with the cast members, the director Ventura Pons and even David Leavitt, author of the novel. Numerous trailers of other features from TLA Releasing as well.

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