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Fögi Is a Bastard (1998)

F. est un salaud (original title)
Fifteen-year-old Beni falls in love with Fögi, a singer in a Rock band. As Fögi seduces him, Beni is willing to follow him where ever he takes him. But Fögi is a drug addict and pulls Beni ... See full summary »

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Marcel Gisler

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Martin Frank (novel), Marcel Gisler | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Frédéric Andrau Frédéric Andrau ... Fögi
Vincent Branchet Vincent Branchet ... Beni
Urs Peter Halter ... Töbe
Jean-Pierre von Dach Jean-Pierre von Dach ... Wäde
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ulrich Bodamer Ulrich Bodamer ... Schäfer
Jaqueline Brutsche Jaqueline Brutsche ... Richs Girlfriend #2
Jessica Früh Jessica Früh ... Benis Mother
Mirjam Hoffmann Mirjam Hoffmann ... Daniela
Sebastian Krähenbühl Sebastian Krähenbühl ... Reto
Jeanne Mathis Jeanne Mathis ... Hippie (France)
Franch Rainault Franch Rainault ... Ambulance Person (France)
Valentin Rivillon Valentin Rivillon ... Policeman (France)
Martin Schenkel Martin Schenkel ... Rich
Bettina Schulz Bettina Schulz ... Richs Girlfriend #1
Jospeh Schätti Jospeh Schätti ... Tiger
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Fifteen-year-old Beni falls in love with Fögi, a singer in a Rock band. As Fögi seduces him, Beni is willing to follow him where ever he takes him. But Fögi is a drug addict and pulls Beni deeper and deeper into his addiction. Written by Lukas Fichtinger <liderc@gmx.at>

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Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 April 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Beni: I felt lighter and almost emptier. In this emptiness there was sadness, but also consolation. I of course asked myself over and over again, and still do: If I had loved him even more, and differently, he wouldn't have died. Should our paths cross again Fögi, I'll try harder this time, love you so that nothing can keep us apart. Next time I'll be stronger, I swear, next time...
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References Body Snatchers (1993) See more »

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Composed by Rainer Lingk
Performed Nico Lippolis, Rainer Lingk, Jochen Arbait, Thomas Wydler
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Great film about a dysfunctional gay affair.
25 September 2001 | by kenru-2See all my reviews

From the other comments {as of 2001 when I first wrote about this film here} you might think "Fogi is a Bastard" is a total loser film; but I think those others missed the boat on this one. It remains the #1 film I'd like to own on video, one that actually breaks new ground in examining a hot, if dysfunctional, gay love affair. For me, it was the best film at OUTFEST 1999; and even though as a film it probably is not a masterpiece, as a gay film it is so amazing and mind blowing that it has replaced "Law of Desire" (by Almodòvar), as my all-time favorite gay film. Vincent Branchet plays Beni, a schoolboy in 1974 Switzerland, who develops a crush on Fogi the notoriously gay lead singer/guitarist of a local punk band, "The Minks". They form a relationship which starts out as innocent puppy dog attraction with wonderful sex, and which devolves to heavy sado-masochism as Fogi descends into heroin addiction and starts hiring out Beni as a call-boy and treating the willing and cooperative Beni as his dog (too bad the more apropos title, "My Life as a Dog" was already taken). It sounds unpromising, I know. Yet the film is such an unsparingly realistic portrayal; the actors so outstanding (Branchet is both the most attractive young actor and one of the best actors period that I've seen in several years; and Frederic Andrau, who plays Fogi is no slouch, himself) that it all works. The film is beautifully shot in a realistic, gritty style with a very mobile camera which defies description (a scene where the characters have dropped LSD and the whirling camera is used as a metaphor for their internal state is simply stunning.) It is exciting and innovative film making, and the director Marcel Gisler is one to watch for. This is a film I would go back to see over and over if it were ever to get a release here.

I finally got to see this film again on DVD in March, 2012; and the film has lost none of its power to shock and amaze. Twelve years have passed since I saw it, and still no other filmmaker has managed to make a gay themed dramatic film which so ardently and truthfully managed to capture the unvarnished essence of the sex, drugs and Gothic Rock gay culture of the '70s. This film might have been set in Switzerland; but it could have been set anywhere that gay people congregated in that pre-AIDS, post-Stones era. This film remains a milestone of the gay cinema and deserves its place in the canon.


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