Two moments of Jonas's life intertwine, each reflecting the other: in 1995, when he was a secretive teenager, and 18 years later, as an attractive and impulsive thirty-something looking for balance in his life.
Boys (Jonas) is a mystery told in two separate timelines. In the first, it's 1997 and Jonas is entering 9th grade. A new boy in school immediately catches his eye. Perhaps it's the bad-boy scar on his cheek or his devil-may-care attitude, but Jonas is smitten. The two boys quickly become friends and before long are skipping class to kiss in an empty gymnasium. In the film's other timeline, it's 2015 and the excitement of a teenager in love has been replaced with the sorrow of a man who can't escape the past. The adult version of Jonas (Félix Maritaud, outstanding in this year's sexually graphic Sauvage and last year's ImageOut favorite BPM) is a broken man. His boyfriend has thrown him out for cheating on him a few too many times, and he's been arrested for getting into a fight at Boys, a local gay bar. There's something about the bar that seems to set him off. He meanders through life still carrying that same old Game Boy, trying to fill a hole that can't be filled. So what happened ...
I saw the wonderful Felix Maritaud in BPM, and hope to get a copy of Sauvage, but in this, Jonas, again, a sublime performance from him, as was the case with all the actors here. And yes, I shed a few tears at the end. Beautiful and sad and as the two stories come together, you understand why Jonas is such a flawed adult, haunted by what happened in his youth. The writing and directing excellent also. This is Art, simple as that. Give me films like Jonas any day over the many embarrassingly cringeworthy gay films out there (usually from the U.S). Bravo to all involved in the creation of Jonas.
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