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Beyond the Walls (2012)
"Hors les murs" (original title)

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Paulo, a young pianist, meets Ilir, a bartender and bass guitar player originally from Albania. They become lovers. Confronted by his girlfriend Anka, Paulo finds himself out on the street.... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Matila Malliarakis ...
Paulo
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Ilir
David Salles ...
Grégoire
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Anka
Carmela Locantore ...
La mère d'Ilir
Matilda Perks ...
La chanteuse du groupe
Ingrid Heiderscheidt ...
L'entraineuse du bar
Juliette Bouly ...
La cliente de la boutique
Albert Jeunehomme ...
Gardien de prison 1
Jean-Yves Lewillion ...
Gardien de prison 2
Manu Gustave ...
Gardien de prison 4
Joël Decrème ...
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Adonis Danieletto ...
Réceptionniste du Métropole
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Paulo, a young pianist, meets Ilir, a bartender and bass guitar player originally from Albania. They become lovers. Confronted by his girlfriend Anka, Paulo finds himself out on the street. Despite Ilir's misgivings, Paulo moves in with him. One day, when Paulo promises that he will love Ilir for the rest of his life, Ilir leaves the city and doesn't return. A few days later, Paulo finds out that Ilir is in jail, and their relationship faces unexpected challenges. Written by Websurfer

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A risky, brilliant, beautiful, intensely passionate movie
10 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beyond the Walls is the beautiful, erotic and powerful story of an almost pathologically needy young man named Paulo, his encounters with two much stronger men, and how those experiences change his life.

There are none of the stereotypical characters, florid melodrama and boringly predictable plot clichés that cripple most gay movies. From their initial meeting in a bar, Paulo and Ilir jump quickly into a relationship of such intense passion and tenderness that it makes all other gay movies look like The Love Boat. But from that point on, nothing anybody does fits our Hollywood-conditioned expectations of what these characters ought to do. They all change, but never in ways we expect them to.

The movie is never either predictable or gimmicky, and every scene rings true. Best of all is Matila Malliarakis's astonishing, courageous and brilliant performance as Paulo. Everything about this movie is excellent - the writing, direction, photography, music, and all the actors - but without Malliarakis it would be just a good movie. He makes it spectacular.


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