I have to say that as soon as the first sex scene ended, it left such anger in me that I just couldn't enjoy the rest of the movie. So in this regard you should read my review as biased.
The sex scene was everything I despise about the gay dating scene, true enough it embodies only a minority within the gay population, at least in the developed West. On one side we have an almost sadistic selfish man who cares not the least bit about the pleasure of his sex partner, nor is he in any way inclined to treat him as a human person, not to mention the lack of any form of reciprocation. On the other side we have this self-loathing desperate hungry half-man, who lives under the dictatorship of his intrusive and often disgusting mother, who is willing to take the beat-down, no questions asked, like a piece of dead meat, just so he can go home, and jerk off, while his mother talks to him through the bathroom door. I'll be honest, I've always despised gay men who self-identify as "tops and bottoms", but this scene just took it to another level.
The rest of the movie is confused, broken, even splintered like a flawed mirror. The two "protagonists" are not shown to have really moved out of these obnoxious self-imposed psychological labels. There is some "evolution" but it pales in comparison to trauma of that first sex scene. The introduction of a "third wheel" makes little to no sense, it ads nothing to the story beyond making the film look all too French.
I have to say that I'm not necessarily rating here the acting which was pretty decent or even the filmography. I'm rating the narrative itself, the characters and the meaning the tale had for me. I find it very hard to watch a tale in which there are no characters I can empathize with.
Some people call this tale a "love story", one that has a "happy ending". I couldn't disagree more. If its love, its pathological, if its happy, its sadistic-masochistic.
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