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This film is brilliant as are all of this director's movies, but beware, it is a downer and the poster art in no way prepares you for the fact that this is an anti-war movie and if you know what that means then you understand this film will tear your heart out and that's just what it does. I was in shock at the ending because in no way was I prepared for what was to happen and even when it did happen I sat there thinking is this for real, did this really happen or has the film suddenly taken a surreal turn that has me completely confused? But, alas, no, the ending comes like a thud, a slug in the gut and I came away from the film like a walking Zombie, alive perhaps, but utterly without feeling or emotion.
Riddle Wrapped In An Enigma
This film is a blast and sexy as all get out. The guys are just plain hot and the story is hilarious with the mother played by a man being the most absurd. The director obviously just wanted to have fun but at the same time he cast a bunch of hunks all of whom have nothing better to do than sleep together which makes for some steamy scenes. There were so many hunks naked that it was hard to keep track of them but eventually everyone found his place with his partner to create a satisfactory conclusion. The ending is very abstract and you have to ask yourself if what is happening is really happening but then again the entire film is so surreal that it is difficult to determine exactly what is going on. I can certainly see why some people would hate this film but it was so funny you just can't help but like it and the hunks more than make up for any holes in the script - and there are lots of holes.
L'homme que j'aime (1997)
Touching & Sad
First of all this film is about a man dying of AIDS so if that bothers you this film is not for you. However, it is also very touching and beautiful but also very sad. The dying man falls in love with a hunky lifeguard who apparently is closeted and lives with a girl but who ultimately comes out with the dying man and falls in love with him. The fact he accepts the man's death sentence is very touching and sweet and you have to wonder if you could do a similar thing. But love is love and here love wins out. The cast is pure heaven - the two male leads and the two female leads - and their interaction is sublime magic, filmmaking at its best. The locations on the French coast are absolutely gorgeous and had me running to Google to check the French coastline and see where the locations settings were which I was able to find.
Big Bad Wolves (2013)
Funny & Twisted
This film is not for everyone. It takes one of the most disgusting subjects imaginable and turns it into a twisted comedy. You're laughing your head off while castigating yourself for ignoring the dark subject matter which reeks of absolute depravity. But it is funny and you can't help yourself. And so you laugh. But the film keeps you at the edge of your seat gnawing on your knuckles. The male lead is one of my very favorite actors in film today and once I discovered him which was not that long ago I decided to get every film he made and this one came up in my research. No matter how unpalatable the subject matter of this film this actor shines like the star he is. You just cannot take your eyes off him. And that is true star power.
Ma vraie vie à Rouen (2002)
Okay, if you like figure skating this film is for you, but if you do not like figure skating then this film is not for you. There is a lot of figure skating in this film because the male lead happens to be a professional figure skater as well as an actor although based on what I found here he has never made another film, which is too bad because he is very good and very handsome and also very engaging. The reviews here are mixed but I found the film immensely enjoyable because the male lead is such a good skater and the premise of the story quite interesting. In fact all the male leads in the film are very handsome and so the film is very enjoyable to look at. The ending is not only a surprise but a really nice way to complete the male lead's personal journey which his use of a video camera documents in a very interesting way. The title of the film is quite accurate and as the male lead films his life the movie unfolds slowly but completely.
J'ai rêvé sous l'eau (2008)
This Film Is Hot
There aren't many reviews here and for the most part they are negative but apparently these reviewers didn't watch the film I just saw because this film is hot, hot, hot! I never saw so much pee-pee in my life! Aroused pee-pee at that! And the hetero sex is just as hot. This film has it all. Okay, so it has a very depressing premise which is drug addiction and that is not a pretty picture but good gracious who can take his eyes off the male lead who looks like a Michelangelo sculpture! I sure couldn't. And even when the film got so abstract you could not figure out what is going on, the male lead kept my attention because you are just riveted to him and that's what makes a star. And this guy has got it in spades!
Hatuna Meuheret (2001)
The Most Erotic Film Ever
This film has without a doubt the longest and most erotic bedroom scene ever done in movies. You can actually see the guy's aroused state if you look close enough. That's a first for me in film. To say my hormones were bouncing around would be an understatement. The male lead and his knock-out female companion were not kidding around when they did this scene. It was for real and that's no joke. I had just seen the male lead in another fabulous film, Walking on Water, where I came to the realization he has to be one of the hottest men in the movies, but Water only hints at just how hot this guy is where in this film he ascends to the highest plane of hotness. Paired with the hottest female ever seen in film the duo make magic in spades. It has taken me a couple of days to calm down from this flick!
The Art of Being Straight (2008)
This film is a real surprise sleeper. It starts out so slow and casual that it lulls you into the story and before you know it you are zapped as though hit on the head with a two by four and it just takes you for the ride which has you gnawing your knuckles. The cast is as perfect as can be and beautifully written in terms of character and motivation. In fact the script is a real gem written with not only a great deal of heart but real understanding of human nature. The ending was a shock, however, and my buddy and I sat there in silence trying to grasp the idea that the film was actually over. Then it hit us both almost at the same time that the story really had gone as far as it could and that the title of the film said it all.
Touch of Pink (2004)
Sweet & Touching
This is a very sweet, very touching film. The characters are so well drawn that you are instantly brought into the situation which many of us have found ourselves in. The lead character grates a bit but his buddy more than makes up for him and then some. The lead character's mother, however, practically steals every scene she's in because she is so beautiful and so warm even though she drives her son crazy as Mother's usually do. Let's face it, they just can't help it. They mean well, of course, but they still drive their sons crazy and this Mother definitely drove her boy nuts. The lead's buddy, however, wins Mother over and their scenes together are the most touching in the film. In fact, it was just those scenes that juggled my brain and reminded me I had seen the film some years ago but had forgotten it.
El sexo de los ángeles (2012)
This film totally blew me away! Maybe it's my age (72) but this film was really a shock. I sat there with my mouth open thinking am I really seeing what I am seeing? There's nothing worse than the idea that time has passed you by and you are not plugged in to current ideas but this film really showed me how little I know about the world as it exists today and probably how it has always existed. Sure, in my youth I had fun and did things I would never do again but always under the cloud of Catholic guilt which in this film does not even remotely rear its ugly head and we're talking about Spain one of the most Catholic countries on the planet. Everything about this film is unique as far as I am concerned. It seems to me that it has established a new threshold in terms of sex, opening the door for other filmmakers to expand sexual horizons in ways never seen before.