Much of the film's background information, such as the story of Brian being beaten, robbed and blackmailed after soliciting a man at a men's toilet, is taken directly from the 1983 book "The Love You Make" by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines. See more »
In the film, set in April 1963, John and Brian go to see the Ingmar Bergman film "The Silence" (The Silence), which was first released in Sweden in September 1963. See more »
I was surprised you brought up what you brought up just now. Why is it so awkward when we talk about it?
It puts me in a very awkward position. You see, I get the feeling I'm supposed to bring it up and then I'm damned for doing so.
I enjoy hearing about your conquests - this lorry driver, that docker.
Yes, well, that's all very well, but it's when it comes closer to home - I just don't know what to say when that happens.
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A very low-budget indie film - and, boy, does it show! - that is barely an hour long. A theoretical look into one of the most debatable topics in music history.
Ian Hart and David Angus really appeared to nail their roles (in some angles, Hart even resembles the real Lennon!). The conversations Lennon and Epstein had, the way they were worded, I could easily imagine in real-life. There's also scenes showing how different they are from each other -- for example, John speaks to his wife, Cynthia, on the phone in a bit of an aloof manner, contrasting to Brian's more loving conversation with his mother.
Lennon was known for the way he'd taunt Epstein for his sexuality and heritage (but, ultimately, did love him); while the film doesn't shy away from this behavior, it's also weirdly framed between the line of simple teasing and being sexually charged.
I was surprised to detect seemingly mutual sexual tension between the men -- obviously, scriptwriter-director Christopher Münch's intention.
This could also just be me, but there were some shots that reminded me of other LGBT-themed films: the two main characters looking at each other through the mirror like in Carol (2015); and the two conversing outside at a table, similarly with Elio and Oliver in Call Me by Your Name (2018).
A decent effort, although I do wish this was a little longer, if not just to answer the question, "Did they or didn't they?"
I will give The Hours & Times a re-watch coming next year.
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