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Head On (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 13 August 1998 (Australia)
A 19 year old Greek Australian youth struggles with his sexual identity and has one clumsy heterosexual and several homosexual encounters.

Director:

Ana Kokkinos

Writers:

Andrew Bovell (screenplay), Ana Kokkinos (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Dimitriades ... Ari
Elena Mandalis ... Betty
Damien Fotiou ... Joe
Alex Papps ... Peter
Andrea Mandalis Andrea Mandalis ... Alex
Dora Kaskanis Dora Kaskanis ... Dina
Tony Nikolakopoulos ... Dimitri
Chris Kaglaros Chris Kaglaros ... Groom (as Chris Kagiaros)
Ourania Sideropoulos Ourania Sideropoulos ... Bride
Eugenia Fragos Eugenia Fragos ... Sophia
María Mercedes ... Tasia
Anthony Lyritzis Anthony Lyritzis ... Boy in Car
Ana Gonzalez Ana Gonzalez ... Woman Sweeping
Maya Stange ... Janet
Julian Garner ... Sean
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Nineteen-year-old Ari confronts both his sexuality and his Greek family. Ari despises his once-beloved parents, former radical activists, for having entombed themselves in insular tradition. Ari is obsessed with gay sex, although he does make an unenthusiastic attempt to satisfy the sister of one of his best friends. While all of this is going on, he's facing problems with his traditional Greek parents, who have no clue about his sexual activities. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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full on - all night - come on

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Goofs

In a sex scene between Aria and Dina, the actress' sweater is buttoned closed but her body double's sweater is fully open. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ari: They tell you that God is dead but, man, they still want you to have a purpose. They say look at your parents: hard-working migrants, work two jobs, struggle all your life, buy your kids a house... there, that's purpose. They tell you to be a doctor, a teacher, be creative, do something, believe in something, believe in family and the future, save the world, believe in love, but, fuck it, I'm no scholar, I'm no worker, I'm no poet.
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Referenced in Another Gay Movie (2006) See more »

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Las Vegas
by Maurice Ar, Glenn Bennie, Vincent Giarrusso
Performed by Underground Lovers
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Harrowing but fascinating
27 November 2000 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Disturbing, powerful look at a few days in the life of a gay Greek-Australian man named Ari. He's very handsome, muscular, young (21), lives unhappily at home with his parents, is closeted, addicted to drugs and prefers anonymous, degrading sex. He can't find a job or any escape. Then he meets hunky, attractive Shawn who loves him. Will this change his life? The answer may surprise you.

This is NOT a feel-good gay film. It's bleak and depressing but just great. Alex Dimitriades is very good in a difficult role--the sex scenes are degrading and brutal and there's a humiliating interrogation scene by the police. Dimitriades deserves credit for appearing nude (a great body, by the way) and showing frankly how much Ari hates himself and feels he deserves all the pain he's taking. Obviously this is not for everyone but I find it an incredible portrait of a thoroughly destroyed man.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

13 August 1998 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

De cabeza See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,224, 15 August 1999

Gross USA:

$379,384

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$708,334
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Black and White (flashbacks)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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