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Release (I) (2010)

 -  Drama  -  25 April 2010 (USA)
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Father Jack is imprisoned for a crime that he has committed. The inmates suspect him of paedophilia and begin to persuade his teenage cellmate of this. His true crime is confessed to a prison guard with whom Jack has fallen in love.

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Jack
Garry Summers ...
Martin
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Max
Wayne Virgo ...
Rook
Alice Keates ...
Heather
David Jones ...
Father Elliot
Jonathan Blake ...
Head Guard
Chris Bowden ...
Lead Thug
Chris Bowden ...
Lead Thug
Simon Pearce ...
Danny
Max McCormack-Gray ...
Danny Aged 7
Adam Young ...
Nurse
Richard Chan ...
Property Guard
Patricia Prior ...
Nun
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Father Jack is imprisoned for a crime that he has committed. The inmates suspect him of paedophilia and begin to persuade his teenage cellmate of this. His true crime is confessed to a prison guard with whom Jack has fallen in love.

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Tough Love
6 February 2011 | by (Farnham, Surrey) – See all my reviews

This film represents another departure from the norm in gay themed films. It is a tough love film with striking images and sequences that allow the viewer to fill in the elliptically presented representation of prison life versus Catholic ideology and the controversy surrounding the red hot issue of euthanasia.

I won't pretend that I found it an easy watch because it isn't - what it is however is a cleverly constructed narrative that twists time with flashbacks and fantasy sequences that underpin the main thrust of the story.

I was left after seeing this film with a greater understanding and sense of the pain of love that exists between gay men especially when coupled with the contemporary issues explored.

It has probably not sat well with gay audiences because it is a film that is more than the usual gay fare. It has a strength of determination to it's approach that borrows with ease from well known films that are much loved and critical exemplars.

Given that the budget was so low it is amazing what has been pulled off in this film. Some of the cast clearly were relying on intuition when it came to their performances but the leads are seasoned professional and recognisable actors whose performances were not reduced by the amateurs supporting them - moreover it added an authenticity to the emotional journey.

I wasn't sure what to expect but more importantly I wasn't disappointed. Very interesting film. It was great to see a lengthy complimentary "making of" on the DVD which revealed an earnest engagement from all involved but also a great sense of fun whilst making it..good for them.


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