Started in 2007 to keep a track of gay films that I watched, this blog has come much further than I had planned. There are tons of movies that I need to watch and review here. Through this blog, I want to give you genuine, my personal heart-felt review of the films that I see. These are my personal thoughts and opinions about the films and I would love to hear your thoughts on these films as well. I always reply to comments in a day or two. Please help me make my blog more popular by becoming a member, following it and by recommending it to your friends. As far as I know this is one of the very very few gay movie review blogs where reviews are not linked or copy-paste imdb summary. Enjoy and do keep writing your feedback.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Benjamin (UK)

I had all sorts of mixed feelings while watching this film. I thought it would be an average film, unsure of where it really is heading, but very soon I found myself sucked into the life of Benjamin. Its only after I saw the film and I was trying to find more about the actors and the director, I realized that its in some way semi autobiographical of the film maker. That takes my interest in the film to another level. Good gay love stories are hard to come by.

Benjamin is a 30-ish neurotic, bit lonely and a "weird" young film-maker. He is very stressed about his second feature film. He is uncertain about everything and has issues of self-loathing. Through his publicist, he meets Noah at a party and instantly falls for him. Noah is young budding French singer. Benjamin makes all sorts of lovely small talks and pretty soon they are hanging out, almost falling in love and Benjamin's insecurities prevent him from taking this relationship to next level. Primarily because of his own insecurities, instability, bad movie review etc. The two of them go in and out of taking the next step while Benjamin maneuvers around his life with his best friend Simon, his publicist and his co-actor from his previously directed film. The end is super sweet.

As I mentioned above, when the film started, I was a bit wary of Benjamin's character but with time when you get to know him, you fall more and more in love with him. You can totally see why Noah and Benjamin would connect at a level where so called 'normal' people  would not be able to relate. The theme of loneliness, human connection and the struggle of letting love in is something that we all at some point can relate to. Love is complex and even more so when you a bit different. The biggest star of the film are the dialogues and how Benjamin has to pretty much say out loud whatever is going on in his head and that makes for some great entertainment. Its a mix of embarrassed style, a very self-centred man who is pitiabe but also adorable. As actors everyone does a fantastic job. Its hard to define the genre of this film since it somewhat falls into romantic comedy but its not comedy. Its funny in a lot of areas but not strictly comedy. It's Benjamin's insecurities, which also reflect in the film he is making, keep making you as an audience more invested in the film. The director creates sweet contrast in the scenes between Benjamin and Noah, as Benjamin is simultaneously terrified and elated about being part of something he can’t guarantee will have a happy ending.

I really really enjoyed the film. It not great but a film that makes you fall in love with its characters is definitely something special. (7.5/10)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

La Otra Familia (Spanish) [The Other Family]

I have always liked films which has something to do with a gay couple trying to expand their family. There are very few films that tackle with this subject and most of the films are actually pretty good. To be honest, there is not much variety that can be offered for such a scenario but we do get to see another facet in this film. A bit lengthy, this film offers an interesting perspective on families, loved ones and of course what society in general thinks of gay men.

Hendrix has been home alone for 3 days now. His drug addict mother Nina has abandoned him (like prior times) and is with her boyfriend cum drug dealer Patrick. When neighbor's report this, Nina's friend Ivanka takes Hendrix with her but since she has a trip to US coming up with her girlfriend, she hands over Hendrix to her friends, Jean Paul and Chema, a well-to-do, stable, gay couple. Chema is initially skeptical but soon finds himself warming up to the boy. The couple's gardener and maid initially worry if the couple would be a good role model for the young boy and also for his physical well-being but slowly their fears also go away. The drug dealer, Patrick owes money to some bad guys and he hatches a plan to sell Hendrix to a couple who are looking for a child. He forces Nina to go look for her son, whom she eventually finds and takes away from the gay couple despite Hendrix's hesitance. When Patrick leaves the young boy to the wannabe couple, Hendrix insists on talking to his dads and goes with them. The husband, worried about gay men taking Hendrix, calls the police. The police arrest Jean Paul and Chema for kidnapping and sexual assault. Nina, distraught over losing her son again, overdoses and dies. Patrick, trying to meet with the husband again to get money, is arrested. In the end, Hendrix is returned to Jean Paul and Chema, and allowed to resume a healthy life as their son.

This film is presented as a drama about couples and family that ends up being more. In some funny scenes, we see even though the maid and the gardener have been working for the gay couple for years but a young boy in their home brings forward all sorts of dirty things in their maid just because the couple is gay and not straight. I didn't mind it since, it adds a slight relief to an otherwise serious film and indirectly addresses issues that people think of but not many come out and say it openly. My one problem with the film was there were too many sub-plots and somewhere it starts to get too much. I don't think we needed the whole child angle for Ivanka, her girlfriend and brother. It really didn't add much to the story. On the other hand, its heart warming to see how the gay couple gets so attached to the young boy that they are ready to do anything for safety and well -being of him, although part of it is also for their reasons of creating a family, which was never part of their bigger plans. The horrible face of society is also shown when the gay couple gets arrested and are also charged with sexual harassment just because of their sexuality. The production of the film seems pretty good and acting by almost everyone is quite good.

Hopefully after watching the film, hopefully you will feel that gay couples can be just another family and not the other family. Besides the length of the film and too many sub-plots, the film definitely deserves to be watched. (7/10)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Love's Coming (Thai)

There is a certain sensibility that is required to watch these Thai teenage boys love stories, be it films or web series. There's usually not a whole lot thats happening in terms of stories, it's about senseless interactions and chit-chat and just fooling around. This film is about friendship as much as it is about love.

Pid, Arm, Zee and Gump are a group of young teenage friends who are almost 18 years old. On their last day of exam, they all want to hang out but Gump excuses himself saying that he has to tutor his neighbour/friend Nai. Zee then realizes that even last few times Gump used the same excuse and he begins to wonder if Gump is gay! Pid and Arm are highly sceptical. They reach out to Uncle Lex (Aunt Alexandra) to help these boys figure out of their friend Gump is Gay. After a few failed attempts, the 5 of them go on a camp trip, where Gump remembers the entire story of how he became friends with Nai and falls for him. As part of the plan, Gump's ex-girlfriend shows up; which forces Nai and Gump to openly accept their feelings for each other. And the three other friends support Gump and tell him that they will always always be friends no matter what!

One of the best things about the film is that the friends are shown very supportive. They feel that Gump doesn't feel comfortable talking to them about his sexuality, so they take matters in their hand and make then open up to them. It is really great how supportive Gump's friends are as they gradually uncover the true story between Gump and Nai. When Aunt Alexandra shares her story, a very relevant question is asked, "Why do boys only have to love girls?". That moment is quite emotional. Also the moment when Gump's mother realizes he might be gay and offers her support. All the boys look cute, especially Nai. They all have acted quite well and their gradual attraction and love growth is shown well.

Its a decent blossoming teenage gay love story. But with all these positives going around for it, the film is stretched beyond a point. It could have been much smaller with focus on main story and no random  stuff to side track. (6/10)

Monday, August 19, 2019

Queer Britain (UK) (Documentary)

I cant remember the last time I had so much fun watching a documentary. And the entire credit for this goes to the very charming, charismatic and extremely handsome Riyadh Khalaf. He is a famous YouTuber (I am embarrassed to say that I had never heard of him before) and the way he talks , interacts and interviews people is so normal everyday types and never once you feel he is putting up an act for camera and thats why he stays himself and the other characters stay true to their self.

Riyadh (Iraqi/Irish descent) addresses a lot of issues wrt LGBTQ+ community in this six-part BBC3 series. Riyadh address many subjects in these episodes, right from religion & sexuality, discrimination & body shaming, how every 1 out of 4 people that are homeless are from LGBTQ community, what ethnic racism is like in Britain, pornography and finally the queer in LGBTQ+. In every episode we meet a few main subjects and hear their stories of that topic that we are learning about. Most of these things are not new to me, given I am 'ethnic", not have the 6 pack body, immigrant etc, I was able to relate but even to me some of the things shown was shocking. I was surprised to hear that ration of LGBTQ folks in overall homeless folks and hearing some of the stories of people who were thrown off their homes was very disturbing.

This documentary is interesting because Riyadh also tries to find something personal in each of these 6 segments: right from shooting a porn film, to doing a nude photo shoot and talking to the people as if he has known them for ages. The easy charm and connect he makes with people is unmissable and thats what I believe makes people open up to him. As an audience we are in awe of his charisma and yet shocked, surprised and even horrified at some of the stories you get to hear. We think times have changed and things would be different for LGBTQ community in a first world country like UK, but we have miles to walk. Its almost impossible to imagine how hard the life is probably for other countries if this is what can still happen in Britain.

This is absolutely a must watch documentary, for more reasons that just one. (7/10)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Laurence Anyways (Canadian French)

Suddenly now everything makes sense. I should have know before that this is a Xavier Dolan film. The way relationships are explored in the film have become synonymous with the kind of films he makes. My one worry, before I started watching this film was that I hope it is not stereotypical story of a transgendered woman. And I am happy to say that this was more of a love story and what's the impact of transgender on a relationship. It film is as much a love story than anything else.

The film follows journey of Laurence over a period of 10 years. Laurence Alia, a man, has been in a steady relationship with his girlfriend Fred for many years. A time when Laurence realizes that he is in a wrong body, he immediately tells Fred about it who is clearly hurt. But soon she realizes that she loves Laurence for the person he is and willing it to give it a try. She becomes the support system for Laurence while he deals with all the regular struggles that come with the transition. They both soon lose their jobs but there is passion and love that binds them together. Time moves and Fred has had enough and she leaves Laurence for another man and builds a family. This doesn't mean that Laurence stops looking for her and in fact clearly him and her are central characters to the book he writes. They briefly get together and in fact Fred even contemplates of re-starting their life together but meeting another couple with a similar situation makes Fred realize that she cant do this. The film ends with Laurence getting interviewed by the publisher of the book and her gradual journey and growth to a more determined and confident person.

The film is almost 3 hours long , so as an audience you need to have patience. I agreed it is almost like watching life events in 10 year span of a couple, but there were so many scenes that I could have easily got rid off. The length is a big negative of the film. But there are enough positives too. The film questions whether we love a gender or a person. Various people will have different answers but at least the film asks this question. Fred is willing to try while Laurence is transitioning but she misses the "man" that Laurence was for him once. The film thankfully was not over dramatic when it came to scenes and situations and reactions pertaining to Laurence's transition. People around have mixed reactions and it takes more than just courage to face the world and be yourself. The film's biggest strength is dealing with a taboo as if it wasn't. And of course a fantastic performance by the lead actors. Both of them do a fantastic job. 

This film is beyond just the big T discussion. Its about relationships and love but the length of the film stops you to an extent to invest fully in the film. (6/10)

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Front Cover (English/Mandarin)

Endearing and feel good are the two phrases that come to mind after watching this film. Simple with some very fine cultural nuances and excellent performances makes this film an absolute must watch for everyone. Sometimes you have absolutely no idea what to expect out a movie and it ends up completely surprising you and this is the beauty of movie watching.

Ryan is an openly gay Chinese American, working towards his dream of leading a magazine cover shoot. He is doing ok but hasnt quite established himself yet.When upcoming Beijing film actor Ning arrives in New York , his request of being styled by a Chinese stylist fits the bill for Ryan. Ryan is very American in his ways, doesn't read or understand Mandarin and has no interest in his Chinese heritage. When Ning realizes that Ryan is gay, he first fires Ryan but this job is important for him , so Ryan convinces him to take him back and also making it very clear that Ryan is only into white men, so Ning need not worry about Ryan hitting on him. The strict professional relationship starts growing due to complications that involve race and cultural identity. During a photoshoot, when a guy casts racial stereotype on both of them, it unites them both. Ning and Ryan both slowly start to understand each other's world. Ning gets to know why Ryan is the way he is and his background is with his immigrant parents and how its important for Ryan. One night at a party, they get real close and get physical. No Ryan understands briefly on Ning's need to remain in closet and why that is important for a public personality like Ning who lives in China. You see both of them falling in love but they both hold back. When a magazine captures the two men together, Ryan is forced by Ning to make a statement that he is just a friend. Ryan, who almost decided to move to China for work, take a restock and looks forward to his life, especially when Ning tells him about this old Chinese saying that " You need to give you something in order to realize your dream"

There are so many good things and good moments in the film, that its difficult to put them all here. I absolutely loved the fact, how Ryan slowly gets to connect with his Chinese heritage, something he has always tried to ignore and become an American. This struggle is something I and a lot of my friends deal with constantly. The chemistry between Ryan and Ning is magical. You go on a journey with them where it starts with distrust, friendship and eventually what seems like love. Neither of them say it but you see both of them have this special feeling for each other but neither of them will be able to take the decision. Both the characters are complex and as an audience, we are made to understand why they are, the way they are without over justifying their actions and especially without over-dramatizing everything. The film is more about Ryan's self discovery and identity and not about sexuality. Its the way he reconnects with his heritage that makes this film more endearing for me. Both me are extremely good looking and bring the characters of Ryan and Ning alive on screen and its fun to watch them. There are also some nice light moments in the film. I was quite impressed with small touches of quotes written on Ryan's apartment wall which makes it very personal to his space. I am very glad that the film didn't follow a cliched path and ended up with 2 men being together. It was more practical that this could not happen and the two men will eventually go their own separate ways, but neother of them will be able to forget each other. Ning taught Ryan about reconnecting with his Chinese heritage and Ryan teaches Ning about how and why its not that hard to be true to yourself and not be in closet.

I would highly recommend this film. There are way too many good about this film and needs to be seen by more people. Besides sexuality, its also about your identity, personal and professional and relationships and people and everything. The film has soul. (8/10)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Gay Short Films : 66

Pulsiones (Spain) [Drive]
Carlos is engaged to be married, but he’s worried, because he feels certain “drives.” He decides to hire a professional to help him explore those drives and decide whether he’s making a big mistake in marrying a woman.

Esperaremos Hasta el Fin (Mexico)
When a threat of an asteroid hitting the earth looms over head, two friend confess their love.

The Jealous Sea (USA)
The boyfriend of a handsome photographer tries to deal with his jealousy after finding nude photos he took of a gorgeous model. This film talks about over possessiveness and trust and how jealousy can break even a almost perfect relationship.

Desire (USA)
In the 40's, one autumn Sunday married couple meets 2 navy guys. The two get separated finding an obelisk and their respective desires take over.

Mes chers parents (France) [My Dear Parents]
A coming-out to parents. After twelve years of no contact a young man sends a movie to his parents to show them the man he has become.

Transient (Australia)
A gay couple living through the decay of their relationship, a poignant meditation on the nature of love and relationships. An end-of-love story that traverses themes of travel, capitalism, loss and love.

Sargento Garcia (Brazil) (Sergeant Garcia)
Set in 70's a tough sergeant takes a liking for a young shy recruit. He ultimately takes him to a motel, seduces him and has sex with him. This opens new adventures for the young boy.

Sombrero (USA)
Gringo comedy. James and Raymond meet for a blind date in a Mexican restaurant. As the two men learn more about each other, their rocky date has a twist. Funny!

Dopis (Czech Republic) [House Call]
Artur, an older man is coming to terms with his sexuality. When he finds a young boy as an escort, he turns out to be his ex-student. This makes him introspect of his life and truth.

Home (UK)
Luke longs for a meaningful connection, but the man he has fallen for torments him with acts of impulsive intimacy and spontaneous selfish thoughtlessness.

Visitor (USA)
After receiving an emotional message from his estranged father, a man cruises internet in hopes of finding solace inhookup but gets an unexpected visitor.

Plutot d'accord (France)
A shy young man with a friend as a sort of Cupidon. Jeremy is looking for perfect love by interviewing clients for a new cake in market. Delicate, precise, seductive and, in strange manner, realistic. A nice short film.

Al otro lado (Mexico) [The Other Side]
Felipe & Claudio love each other but his parents force Claudio to go to US. Felipe must now embark on a journey where he will risk everything, so he can finally meet Claudio at the other side of the border.

Ver (Spain) [See]
Biel works at a carpenter's workshop. A stranger will run into him on the subway and will make him discover the details around him, thanks to his camera.

Kufsaot (Israel) [Boxes]
A brother And sister set to blackmail a man by making video of him getting a blowjob from the brother in attempt to receive money that was allegedly taken from their family. It backfires!

Journey (USA)
The director's autobiographical video mix about his identity and an investigation into issues of desire, lust, longing, and love.

Burl's (USA)
A young boy encounters three drag queens outside Burl's Diner. This starts self-actualization that he's not like other boys, and follows his parents' attempts to prevent the inevitable from becoming true.

Sun In My Mouth (USA)
An experimental coming-of-age story about a young man who confesses his sexual past to an unseen phone sex operator, reflects on his sexual identity.

The Good Waiter (USA)
Kevin is a jaded aspiring actor whose only real success in life is his career as a restaurant waiter. Drew is the wide-eyed Midwest transplant who just wants to be Kevin. When Kevin is forced to train this newbie, sparks fly, and things get messy.

Aitona Mantangorria (Spain)
Josu comes back home for Christmas. A secret from the past of his grandpa will make him reconsider the relationship with his family.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Outrageous! (Canada)

This film came back way back in 1977, so you have to watch it and review it keeping that statistic in mind. A classic story of friendship and care between an upcoming drag queen and a schizophrenic girl, this film has its highs and lows. Watching it in today's times, it feels a bit 'all over the place' but I bet it was a huge deal when it came out.

Robin works as a hairdresser, and loves to do his customers hair in an iconic movie star style. One day his close friend Liza, who is schizophrenic runs away from the institution and comes to live with Robin. After initial differences they both start supporting each others dreams. Everyone except Robin thinks that he can be a very popular drag queen. After Liza's convincing he takes the plunge and actually gets decently successful in Canada. Meanwhile, Liza's situation goes through ups and down and eventually she gets pregnant with a trick's baby. Wanting to do something new and different Robin decides to come to New York to take the next step. He meets a taxi driver who doubles up as his agent and very soon Robin starts getting popular here as well. Liza goes into labour but her baby is stillborn and she goes further into depression. Robin goes back to Toronto and bring sLiza back to NY with him. He will make sure with his gigs and performances, he will bring Liza back to life. They dance away the night together.

As a film, this is pretty straight forward. Not much drama happens. Life moves on ok and Robin easily reaches success and gets love from viewers. There is not much of a conflict in his life and its refreshing to see that. Robin does a great job of female impersonator but there were so many places where i couldn't stop laughing because how as a drag queen she would never stop moving her body or flutter her eyes. It was so distracting but all in good fun. The relationship between the two actors is ok but not very convincing, especially it wasn't clear to me on why would Robin go all the way out to help and support her, when they didn't even look that close together.

The film was slightly dated for me so I couldn't enjoy it as much as some others would. (4.5/10)

Monday, August 12, 2019

Because Of Meeting You (Vietnamese) (Web Series)

This is a Vietnamese series consisting of 29 episodes. Each episode is about 10-15 minutes long, so it does take a long time to go over all the episodes. And if you are not used to watching some of these Asian BL series, this, like most other series will seem ridiculous to you. More on that later.

Ha Sinh is our main character, who is a young teenager living in mountains. For some reason his younger siblings and his parents, they all think o him as a burden except his grandfather. One day grandfather's best friend's son comes to the village to repay his father's debt and asks to take Ha Sinh with him for a better life to city. The rich man is always traveling for work, but Ha Sinh meets few people at home: Ngiem Bac, boss's assistant, a really nice and tender guy; And Vien Truc, boss's spoiled son who always rude to him. To top this, there is a lovely lady who cooks and takes care of everyone at home. Ngiem Bac is like an elder brother but Vien Truc is very hostile towards Ha Sinh. Eventually they start getting close and between their fights, arguments etc they do fall in love with each other. Vien Truc used to have a girlfriend but he is over her now. Over a period of 4 years they have an amazing time. But when Vien Truc's father finds out, he begs Ha Sinh to leave his son since he needs to take family name ahead. Ha Sinh leaves Truc and meets with an accident and is presumed dead. Three years later, Truc is still not over Ha Sinh and he sees him in a cafe. All misunderstandings are cleared and the two lovers finally meet.

There are a few pluses and a lot of negatives for this series. First of all, the over the top acting. I have by now seen quite a few BL series and I still cant get over how OTT acting everyone does. But to be fair the leads do a decent job and don't overdo it. They are subtle in a lot of things. In fact even when it comes to their love, its not until much much later that there is any sort of intimacy. Even all the additional characters are OTT but the lady of the house, the cook etc is funny. She was fun to watch.There are many parallel tracks for the web series as you would expect, but none that does much. It just helps bring the two boys together. The story is built well as to how the 2 boys start with hating each other, to tolerating to finally becoming lovers. Having said all this, it takes a lot of patience to watch this series. Its a lot of episodes and after a while it gets to you because you want the makers to come to the point. And when you are in middle of a series, you cant even leave it midway. You have to watch it complete. I feel like makers get a sadistic pleasure out of this. Like I have said many times before, This could be edited sharply and made to a beautiful 30 minute short film which would have had a much larger impact. In terms of actors, Ha Sinh is immensely cute and anyone could fall for that innocent face. Ngiem Bac, as the boss's assistant does a very good job of keeping atmosphere sober. He is the only one who brings some normalcy in the entire proceedings. Vien Truc was initially getting on my nerves but ultimately he was also decent.

Watching this series is going to take up a lot of your time and patience. If you can ignore OOT acting and presentation, go for it. At the heart of it, its a cute little teenage love story but it takes forever to get to a conclusion. (4/10)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Mía (Spanish)

I think the thought behind this film was novel and honest. A transsexual and an outcast of the society wanting to belong to and lead a normal life was a god thought on paper, but somehow the film gets too involved in a basic storyline, because of which it loses its grip on the basic premise, which could have added a lot more meaning to the film.

Ale is a transvestite who collects garbage and cardboards in the streets. She lives with fellow outcasts outside town with other people who have been shunned by their family or society for various reasons. They all have found peace with each other. But their existence is in danger when some builder wants to occupy the land that they have built their houses on. One day Ale gets her hands on a diary written by Mia, a woman who dies and has left the diary for her daughter Julia. She watches Julia, who is now a very angry child after her mother's death and her father Manuel. After few days of reading the diary, she feels a connect with Mia and infact starts imagining herself as Mia. Pretty soon, she enters their life and Julia gets an instant liking for her and eventually Manuel also gives in and hires Ale to take care of Julia. Ale's dreams start to come true by her getting acceptance from a normal social family including going for dinner outings. But this is not supposed to last long. Manuel has plans of eventually moving out south to his mother's place. A dark truth that Ale eventually accepts but by the time she reaches back her home, it is also destroyed. In an instant Ale loses everything that she thought she is starting to get acceptance from society for.

As mentioned above, the film has very honest intentions, but the problem is that it never connects with the audience. Some of the scenes seems stretched and I found myself struggling to keep my attention on the film. Ale's aspirations never really touched my heart and connected with me. I liked how Julia respects Ale and so does Manuel but never really it reaches a position where it makes a huge connect with people. I feel had more focus was given to transsexuals and their struggles as social outcasts; it would have made a lot more impact. I liked the film but it never engaged me completely. Actress playing Ale is pretty good but something is missing. She is too timid and slightly uninteresting. Manuel does a great job of a drunk father and so is Julia. I personally enjoyed the character of the gay man who has lost his lover of many years and is now with Ale. The makers tried to balance social issues with a family story.

The film plays safe and hence it never reaches the peak that it could have. It could have been better but ends up being an average film. (5/10)

Monday, August 5, 2019

Like Cattle Towards Glow (France)

If we were to summarize this weird anthology of short films, it is about troubled gay youngsters who attempt to resolve their psychological issues through bizarre fetish play or sinister self expression. And trust me watching it is as weird as reading this. Filled with graphic sexual scenes, these 5 short stories explore the darker side of teenage sexuality. The film, though is from France, but its all in English.

The five stories are diverse and not connected. In the first story we meet a suicidal teenager who sells his body but he normally plays "dead" for this act. The buyer this time is trying to process the suicide of a friend that occurred after he rejected him as a lover. The second story is about this young male in a dark punk club sharing his life when 2 members of the audience violently rape hi while he is performing. In the third story , two young boys meet, both drug addicts and depressed and then its all about one boy eating and playing with the other's ass and telling him how this is nothing like he has had before. Fourth story gets weirder, when a boy and a girl have denounced human form but when they meet a young boy, they both want him. They make him masturbate and then they kill him. The last story is about a woman following a broken man via camera and drones and how she is turned on by it.

Apparently this was put together by a duo of writer and visual artist, but I feel that nothing was meant to be thought-provoking or even shocking. None of the stories actually produces any emotional response. There is no discomfiting humor or melodramatic excess or even pornographic delight. Also I quite didn't get what was the point that was trying to be made with these stories. One thing I can tell you is that it’s definitely not a pleasant watch and it’s hard to understand who would actually find this kind of material appealing? Yes, there are plenty penis shots starting from the very first scene but they are not sensual. Actors, didn't seem seasoned actors. It felt they were chosen on their looks to suit the story. Its ok to want to do something different and unique but not with something that makes you say WTF!

I wouldn't recommend this unless you are an avid art lover. Maybe you may find something about these stories visually appealing but other than that, there's nothing much. (2.5/10)

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Gay Short Films : 65

StandBy: l'attesa (Italy)
Every six months Filippo goes to the hospital for HIV test. During one of those mornings, he meets Simone. Their good chemistry soon turns into a relationship, even after Simone confesses he is positive. Filippo is ok with it but Simone doesn't want to hurt him.

Be Brave (China)
A young man struggles to convince his love to be brave and accept his sexuality rather than cheating.

A Friend of Dorothy (USA)
Winston arrives at NYU as a freshman, knowing he's gay. He falls hard for Tom, his temporary roommate, and it's risk to express his feelings. With help from his hometown friend Anne, Winston keeps his equilibrium.

Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Vietnam)
A young man will have to marry a girl of his mother's choice to do the "right thing" by killing his feelings and love for another boy.

It Seems To Rain (China)
A guy who loathes himself and has a serious self-image problem fights inner demons while he is befriended by a new classmate. This is short, slow, sometimes bizarre, confusing, and so forth. Shot in Singapore, where the boys live after leaving home.

Miss Moneypenny (UK)
A bright and spunky comedy about gay dating, when one man wants sex and other more.

Versátil (Spain) [Versatile]
Alex and Hugo are a young couple. One is bottom and other is versatile. One night a simple discussion around sexual roles becomes something more serious exposing things that make a relationship work.

Lockjaw (USA)
Cracks in a relationship are exposed when a couple cannot agree on whether or not to have a three way with a Tinder match.

Huevos Rancheros (USA)
A gay man confronts his best straight friend on his hidden prejudices and his support for minorities.

From Here To There (Hong Kong)
Two college boys were so closed to each other that they had to escaped from their relation after graduating from college. They met again in a wedding banquette ten years after that and get time to review their relationship, but not good enough to repair it.

El Amigo (Peru) [The Good Friend]
Marcos confesses to Esteban that his relationship with his girlfriend doesn't excite him anymore. That night both will discover the limits of their friendship. Loved.

Landleben (Switzerland) [Country Life]
Julian, a simple farmer's son & gay loves country life. His best friend arranges a meeting with Adi from Zurich. Adi lives a very urban life and frequently goes to gay clubs. Two worlds collide.

Jag är Polisen (Netherlands)
Set in Southern Sweden, the film follows the mismatch of a Swedish police officer with a broken police car and a Dutch hitchhiker, as they walk over a deserted road to a gas station.

Bittersweet
In this charming animated film, an anxious schoolboy scrambles to retrieve a valentine he’s accidentally sent to his secret boy crush.

Un Instante (Spain) [An Instant]
A year. A boy. An instant. Hugo is a boy of routine whereas Cosmo is a free soul. One summer afternoon their gazes cross by chance. It is only an instant, but it will be the birth of a relationship that will make them stop for the first time to live the present.

Crashing Waves (UK)
Against the backdrop of a high-rise building, two young men connect as we see a beautiful dance.

Le Maillot de Bain (France) [The Swimming Trunks]
On holiday on a campsite by the seaside, Remy, 10, is fascinated by Stephan, 35, the father of one of his playmates. This is a new, confusing feeling for him. Nobody knows what he is going through especially not handsome Stephan.

Dos Veintitrés (Spain) [Two Twenty-Three]
A guy is pouring his heart to his friend on his feelings about him, while he is swimming under water.

Ce n'est pas un film de cow-boys (France) [It's Not A Cowboy Film]
Between classes, two groups of French teenagers who are really close friends talk about the movie they watched on television last night: Brokeback Mountain.

A Gay Victorian Affair (UK)
A period comedy following the sexy, queer escapades of Lord Reginald & Lady Vanessa, a gay man and lesbian woman in a marriage of convenience in Victorian times.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Truth

This is supposed to be a psychological thriller but according to me, its a film that has been stretched beyond what was needed. And of course, when you have Sean Paul Lockhart as your lead, you can't help but make it a sensual thriller. It just happens.

We see the film with Caleb in jail and doesn't remember what has happened and a detective trying to find the truth. Extremely good looking Caleb is dealing with a lot of issues and baggage with his family, especially his abusive mother. But outwardly he seems to be coping well with all of those. He meets Jeremy, a slightly older man, who seems to be hiding something but the two connect and they fall in love eventually. Caleb tells Jeremy that he had this abusive mother and he has moved from homes to homes but what essentially has happened is that Caleb has inherited his weird personality disorder from her. When Caleb finds out that Jeremy is married, he loses his control completely and makes Jeremy his prisoner and tortures him for a few days before his wife comes looking for him. IN an act of violence, the pregnant wife is killed by Caleb, who ends up being in jail and Jeremy is back with family.

Firstly, the end of the film was so bizzare and random that it didn't make any sense at all. The writing was decent but the acting is so bad, it all looks pretty wooden. Sean Lockhart has improved from his previous stints but still has a lot to learn if he wants to get into mainstream acting. As an audience, we don't invested in any character whatsoever, neither Caleb's nor Jeremy for that matter. From the start the relationship between Caleb and Jeremy seemed more weird than genuine and as it began to unravel the situations weren't particularly suspenseful or psychologically deep. There are unnecessary naked scenes purely for titilation and almost every other scene has the two of them wearing fancy underwears (this was a good promotion, if at all). As I mentioned above, the film was stretched beyond it had to. An interesting premise is ruined by poor direction, acting and execution.

Its a superficial film which could have been good with better execution. For now, if you are looking for some good looking actor with ample skin show, go ahead and have your feast. (3.5/10)

Friday, August 2, 2019

Primos (Portuguese) [Cousins]

After a long time I am seeing a nice feel good film about teenage love, coming out, without unnecessary drama just for the sake of it. Sometimes straight forward films are much better than the films that create plot twists and intense drama just for the sake of it. For some people life can be full of surprises and yet be all about sweet romantic love. And this is what this simple film is all about.

Set in a small country town, adult teenager Lucas lives with his very religious aunt Lourdes. He is a shy boy and keep to himself, with his gardening and music. One day his aunt tells him that his second cousin Mario is going to live with them for a few days. Apparently Mario is just getting out of prison and his family doesn't want him to come home after such an incident. Incidentally, the aunt has to go on a mission, so Lucas will have to welcome and entertain Mario. Mario comes next day and is a complete contrast to shy Lucas' personality. He is happy, extrovert and makes Lucas come out of his shell. They are both happy because they have both missed love and affection. They fool around and play with each other like most cousins do but they always have this sexual tension between them. Eventually the barriers are broken and they make love to each other. This makes them extremely happy and they both are very happy and content. A neighbor girl Julia is very interested in Lucas but never gets any attention from him. The aunt comes back and sees that Lucas is happier and is glad to see them. When Julia exposes the truth about the boys in front of the aunt and other neighbors, she shows maturity and accepts their love despite her religious background. Love eventually wins.

The story of the film is pretty straightforward but primarily works because of the amazing captivating chemistry between the two boys. They carry the film completely on their shoulders. Every single scene with the duo lights up the screen. We see the gradual change in Lucas from shy teenager avoiding Julia's advances to starting to be happy with Mario being around. They share their life stories, their passion, cook and clean together, play around like little boys but also make love to each other and make each other very very happy. The fact that boys boys are extremely good looking only helps it even more. The aunt's character was a little unclear. She was religious but not really and the whole angle with religious events with neighbors seems like a  spoof and not really serious. Also the whole voodoo angle of Julia for the boys added absolutely nothing to the story and was completely unnecessary. Besides these minor glitches, the film is all about pure sweet teenage love. Small and simple dialogues like when Lucas says. "I don't want you to go, not now, not ever" really shows the depth of the love they both have for each other.

Enjoy this sweet romantic gay love story just for the simplicity of it. I remembered my young days and wished I had someone like this in my life at that point. (7.5/10)

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Victor Victoria

I have been hearing about this film for many many years now. But for some reason, given it came out way back in 1982, I had my reservations and I couldn't bring myself to see the film. Also, top be honest, I am not really sure if it was a classic gay film or is it just a cult film thats loved by gays because of Julie Andrews. Finally, all my hesitation went for a toss after having seen this film.

Set in 1930s in Paris, aging Toddy is MC at one of the clubs. His male lovers are faithless and his career is at a standstill. A chance encounter with Victoria, a brilliant female singer changes his life forever. When she keeps getting rejected and finds herself starving in Paris, its Toddy who comes with a brilliant idea. He asks her to pretend to be a man and then play a female impersonator in a club. With her style she will become popular. Their bets pay off. They become best friends and we have a girl, pretending to man impersonating to be a woman. They soon become talk of the town and Victoria soon gets attention of King Marchan, a Chicago mobster on holiday with his bodyguard Squash. Soon the king finds truth about Victoria and pursues her, but Victoria refuses to live like a woman. This worries Marchan since he doesn't want people to think he is gay. Victoria educated him about tolerance and with their on-off love, things ultimately fall in place for everyone with Toddy finding love in Squash and Victoria and Marchan getting together as well.

The film is quite a nice light comedy and has some really good musical numbers. Even for a person like me who is not into musicals, this was quite a watch. Julie Andrews is pretty darn amazing as a female pretending to be a male pretending to be female. This is not an easy character to play and she does a great job.Toddy is another great character and he is fantastic to watch . Together they both share an amazing chemistry and support system for each other. They have boundaries but standby. each other. Even with Marchan's character, even though he doesn't want to be judged as gay, is quite ok with the idea of his bodyguard being gay when he comes out. There are some very good sequences when Victoria questions/educates the king about sexuality etc. But above all this the film is about wit and style and performances. Everyone does their part with galore and i can see this film making a huge positive impact for gay community with wit and humour.

I can see why this film is counted as one of the cult classic films for gays around the world. (7.5/10)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Ma vie avec James Dean (French) [My Life with James Dean]

I did not know what to expect when I started watching this film. I didn't even know what the genre of the film was. But It was a nice breezy film, with some nice fun moments. The film wasn't great by any standards, but neither was it bad. The charming leads of this film and the quirky chemistry that the actors shared with each other made this film a worthy watch. This wont fall in a typical romantic comedy genre, but it comes pretty close.

Geraud is a young film maker who is visiting a small town that is showcasing his film “My Life with James Dean”. His phone gets stolen by a kid as soon as he leaves the bus. Although his hotel reservation is done, it turns out that there is absolutely no promotion or word about his movie being played in the local cinema on that night. When Geraud visits the cinema, the young projectionist Balthazar agrees to play his film and in fact watches the whole film and loves it. Geraud is anxious about feedback for his film but at the same time, something is also going on with his boyfriend (they are breaking up). Balthazar falls madly in love with Geraud after seeing the film and pursues him with directness and honesty. During this festival screenings, Geraud and Balthazar meet interesting mix of people including the hotel receptionist, the festival facilitator dealing with her own issues and Balthazar's family. Eventually, Geraud breaks up with his boyfriend, after finding out he has a wife. Balthazar is finally able to convince Geraud of his love for him and they both leave the town.

After researching on internet, I found that the film was shot in Normandy seaside village which adds a very nice rustic charm to the whole film. In fact, this town got added in my must visit list of places. Geraud, the actor had this very attractive charm about him and you can see why everyone who meets him would get attracted to him. And Balthazar has this very sweet and cute puppy love for him. The scene when he calls Geraud's boyfriend asking him to stay away form him is so cute, a sign of pure innocent love. Combined with drunken evenings with locals, mixed reaction to his film, dealing with his break-up and a young boy madly in love with him, Geraud's life has a roller-coaster ride throughout his stay in the village. The direction was actually quite intelligent, because throughout the film you would see a young man with a bagpack showing up in most scenes but its not till the end that he adds any significance to the film. On not a positive side, there are way too many parallel tracks happening and as an audience its difficult to connect with any single one of them. Also it wasn't very clear at the end whether Balthazar was really underage or not really. As per the film, it was irrelevant because the two men loved each other? I am not too sure about this aspect.

The film is sort of an old school gay light fun film which most people should enjoy. The 2 scenes where 4-5 people are following each other cracked me up. Keep your expectations minimal and this film is a small little fun ride. (6.5/10)

Friday, July 26, 2019

A Man, His Lover and His Mother (Swiss German) [Rosie]

This film is technically not a gay film to be precise. This is more of a relationship that an ailing mother shares with her children , especially her gay son. And since, the son being gay is an important aspect of the series, I am ok writing down a review of the film here. Originally titled as Rosie, I think the film's title was changed to attract more gay audience, because the gay son is definitely not the central character. Its the mother.

Rosie is old and lives by herself and one day falls and is admitted to the hospital. His gay son Lorenz who lives in Berlin, comes back to take care of her. Lorenzo, who is in his mid 40s, writes gay fiction but of late his books are not getting good reviews. He also has a sister who is herself dealing with her family issues. They both argue that neither of them can take care of the mother. But Rosie herself insists that she wants to stay independent and refuses any help. Lorenz struggles with her strong-willed mother but ultimately gives in and make frequent visits. Love comes knocking when he meets Mario, neighbor's grandson who is very attracted to Lorenzo. They have a great one night and Mario wants to see this grow into something. But Lorenz pushes him away and it becomes obvious he isn’t dealing with his own issues, let alone those of anyone else. Eventually the drama continues to built and some past family secrets are revealed that delve deeper into why the marriage between Rosie and her late husband was a disaster and how this has eventually affected the relationship between her and kids and why Rosie has become the stubborn person that she is. Eventually when Lorenz realizes his love for Mario after pushing him away many times, it might be too late to make any amendments.

As mentioned above, the film is not a gay film but it does spend sometime focussing on issues that Lorenz has with Mario who he still thinks of as a young man and that eventually his relationship will fail. The family dynamics between the mother and 2 kids is very real and it deals with some very relatable issues. At first Lorenz becomes frustrated with Rosie and sees her as stubborn but as the film progresses he begins to understand that accepting your limitations isn’t something that’s easy to do. Rosie was brilliant as an actress. She carries the film completely on her shoulders and has a charm. She also brings in some light moments and humor times. Having said that, the family drama was way too much for my linking and it felt stretched in a lot of places. Given the changed title, I would have liked to see a lot more focus on Lorenz and on his past and current life focussing more on Mario. There was a lot of scope there. Lorenz and Mario have good chemistry and you can see and actually relate to why Lorenz would try to push Mario away.

Overall not a bad movie, but please don't think of it as a gay film. This is a film about relationship of a mother with her kids where the gay son plays an important part. Its stretched a bit but doesn't bore you. (5/10)

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Night Scene (Documentary) (China)

I had to fast forward this film(?) to even live through it. I hate it when even after the end you can't say whether it was a real documentary or a drama film shot in documentary style. I guess we will call it docudrama or mockumentary.

The film essentially is about the male sex workers (gigolos) in Beijing, China. We see interviews with many young boys telling us their stories of how they came into this business and how they need the money. We hear how they go targeting their customers, what are the things they keep in mind and so on. But sadly there is no proper character development on any of the main protagonist. They could be easily interchangeable. The production values are really bad. Yes, you do hear the stories of these young boys and how these men have been forced into the business sometimes by hook or crook and most times just to meet their basic needs. This film seems to have been made just for the sake of it. If someone seriously wants to showcase the plight of male sex workers in Chinese society, we will need something that is a lot better than this. For now, this is totally avoidable. (0.5/10)

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Devil's Path

We should always give credit where its due. There are so many similar themed gay films out there that there story lines keep blending with each other. So in that respect the makers have definitely come up with an interesting novel storyline. Unfortunately, something that looked good on paper loses its steam and feels too stretched at many places.

The title refers to a hidden hiking trail in a wilderness park where gay men often go for cruising. A young man Noah is walking around with tarrot cards and starts following Patrick as soon as he sees him. They strike up a conversation but clearly Patrick is looking for just casual sex. On Noah's insistence, Patrick decides to stay little longer for him but when Noah is attacked from behind after wandering off for a minute and he and Patrick begin fearing for their lives. It seems the only chance for survival is to get back to the main trails and back to their cars. Instead, they spend the day running from the assailants in what turns out to be an ever-expanding piece of forest. The two get to know each other while they are running and we feel a layer of mystery and back story. We find out that Noah is looking for details of mis missing brother Michael who was last seen with Patrick on Devil's Path. Michael and Noah also have some childhood history of abuse and that Noah feels Michael has always been his soulmate.

The story is interesting because as an audience we are looking to understand what really is going on. But at some point things start getting repetitive. Almost half of the film is spent running with minimal dialogues. But on a brighter side, the two lead actors do a very commendable job. They have great chemistry as 2 guys who are on the run and keep audiences hooked but how I wish that was enough. The plot slowly loses direction and i just wanted them to come to the point. Patrick really didn't have to say 100 times that he is scared of dark. And a few such things like inhaler, or Noah's search for his soulmate and all. It got a big yawn from me. The film is more of a psychological thriller but both the reasoning for Noah's behavior and the abrupt ending takes away the fun.

Agreed that this film tries to do something different in this genre but I wish how they had done a better job. (4/10)

Friday, July 19, 2019

Otto; or, Up With Dead People (Canada)

This film is such a bad gay zombie movie (if thats even a genre of films in queer cinema). Right from the weird title of the film to a plot that doesn't make any sense whatsoever. The sex scenes with gay zombie was gut wrenching and not fun to watch at all.

Otto has just woken form the dead and doesn't know who he is and where he is going. He just randomly walks around till he is discovered by underground filmmaker Medea who begins to make a documentary about him with the support of her girlfriend and her brother Adolf. Medea is trying to finish Up with Dead People, the epic political-porno-zombie movie that she has been working on and convinces its star, to allow the vulnerable Otto to stay in his guest bedroom. Otto discovers that he has a wallet that contains information about his past life, remembering details about his ex-boyfriend, Rudolf. He arranges to meet him at the schoolyard where they met.

This film was utterly amateurish. The acting was pretty terrible to be fair and the camera work was at times clumsy. The sexual scenes sometimes seemed to interrupt the films flow. The weirdness of sex scenes took the film to a new low. I am really not sure if this was made as part of a college project or not, but even from those standards it was bad. The film was so slow that it kept testing my patience. This was such a waste of time and precious time lost that will never come back. I feel so disappointed that as it is I am not watching gay films, and when I am, they are all turning out to be terrible.

Please stay away, even if you are someone who is willing to give it a shot to experimental films. This is just bad. (1/10)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Cockettes (Documentary)

When I started watching this, I had no idea what I was getting into. To be honest, I did not even know that I was going to watch a documentary. So, to be honest, at. the beginning, I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue watching it but I am glad I did. After my initial apprehensions, the documentary did peak my interest and there was so much I got to learn and understand about San Francisco in late 60s and 70s when celebration of hippie culture, diversity, sexuality was at its peak. The documentary talks about the gender-bending San Francisco performance group who became a pop culture phenomenon in the early 1970s.

The documentary starts with snippets of interviews with some of the members of the Cockettes group that was an eclectic mix of gay and straight, black and white, men and women.. Story is centered around a NY based actor George Harris, a bearded man, who moves to SF, rarely seen without lavish glitter makeup, facial hair dye and resplendent thrift-shop couture. He moves to commune, gathers bunch of people, adopts the name Hibiscus and starts performing a series of sexual, spiritual, non-rehearsed musicals for audiences. The started to get popular locally and soon were performing for free at the famous Palace Theatre in SF. The were free, liberated and more often than not also nude. Over a period of time, commercialization sets in and Hibiscus decides to leave the group. Based on the high profile attention that they get from press, they are invited to perform in NY. Over confident about their act, their first show is a disaster. It eventually picks up, but they soon realize that they calling belongs in San Francisco. The documentary ends with remembering of the few members who were lost either to drugs or later to AIDS.

The film started off as a little sluggish for me, but very soon I was totally enjoying their world. How a group of 'misfits' in the society rose to fame with their over the top musical numbers and performances, not looking to make money was very interesting. I got to virtually experience a very different side of SF in 70s. The groups rise, fall , their fears, group love etc. are very well captures. It was the time when the first gay rights demonstrations were taking place, hippies were dropping acid on Haight Street and a revolution seemed just around the corner. You meet these people who are now greyer, in sportcoats and settled and what a crazy fun life they have lived. Stories that you only hear of and wish a life that you had lived free of any worries. Its like one of the members say, "We never worried about food or drugs. They both just somehow showed up".

“The Cockettes” is an befitting tribute to the popular hippie acid freak drag queens, who were immensely popular. A real look at people who were allowed to be who they were. (6/10)

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Strapped For Danger

I can't believe the amount of good reviews this film has received online. I understand that this is a camp film, wanna be comedy laced with over the top acting but there should be something to keep a viewer's attention. I caught myself rolling my eyes pretty much every 5 minutes. I mean, come on. But then, one look at the poster and I should have known what I am getting into!

Joey and Matt are gay male strippers and are underpaid. They also have a straight colleague Chuck. One night they rob one of their clients. When the cops come to arrest them, they take the twink cop Rod as their hostage and shoot his partner in the shoulder. The strippers bring the cop to a frat house That Chuck used to belong to to hide out and locate a stash of diamonds. This is where there are a lot of hazing scenes and random fuck scenes to initiate the frat boys. With the help of drag queen, Rod's partner is able to find these men at the frat house.

The story as you can see rests on a wafer thin plot, but having said that I don't think that the makers had set out to make a movie that was out of this world. They had their target audience in mind and it was an attempt just to please them. The acting is over the top by the men, although Matt and Joey were both gorgeous to look at and they had this naughty look on their face which tells you exactly what's going on in their minds. Chuck was quite frankly an annoying character. There is more than enough nudity with limp penises flopping around and a lot of nipple caressing. Thankfully the production quality of this film seemed much better than a lot of the trashy vampire/campus gay horror films. The film is full on camp and the actors seem to be having a good time. Some of the hazing scenes were funny but thats about it.

I am sure there are people who like to let their hair down and will actually enjoy this film, but stuff like this is so not for me personally. (3/10)

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Gay Short Films : 64

Ace (USA)
Ace, a shy newcomer is attracted to Z that he can neither ignore nor embrace. Though the attraction is clear, their inability to acknowledge and express their feelings for each other openly threatens to sever the bond that draws them instinctively to each other.

Made Of Sugar (USA)
A nostalgic portrait of a Cuban-American Family's evolving cultural heritage.

Als ik jou tegenkom (Belgium)
A very short quick story of a secret love that takes place in an art school. A love between two individuals, both lost in their secret lives in the bathroom of the school.

Room Closet - Truth or Dare (USA)
The classic truth or dare game is used by teenagers to express themselves. A girl thinks she is smart, but is upstaged when a boy gets to kiss his crush.

Due volte (Italy) [Twice]
Diego, only 17, is best friends with Antonio and has a crush on him. Antonio knows it but probably doesn't enjoy it. At one of the parties Antonio almost forces Diego to rape a girl which leads to an accident that is killing Diego and their friendship. A very thought provoking short.

The 50's (USA)
Attraction between 2 men on a beach in 50s when everything was so taboo!

Morning After (Canada)
When Michael return home after few years, his best friend throws a party which has 3 other people. Soon a sensual game of french kissing and chocolates begin. Michael will soon realize that his sexual awakening & interest in men is not a phase and his friends happy to help.

Wrong Side (Netherlands)
The film follows a young Romanian as he fights against homosexuality that people call ‘incurable’.

Silverlake Afternoon (USA)
Michael is 33 and he's never been with a guy. His first encounter is going to be awkward and also kinda great when he is invited by a man "in between" houses. after initial seduction and sex, the guy just asks him to leave but Michael is now happy.

Last Night (Israel)
An awkward meeting between a 16 year old hustler and a shy man who has hired him for the night but doesn't feel comfortable doing anything.


It's Still Your Bed (USA)
David has just came home from college, but his parents let their newly hired farm hand, Brent, to stay in his room. The mutual attraction is there, but, both of them are hesitant to make the first move. Love and compassion is what they both need.

The Lost Ring (Vietnam)
Xiao is an employee at Quan's house, both have disagreements, but despite the strong personality of Quan, he ends up having feelings for Xiao.

Kiss of the Rabbit God (China)
Ever fallen in love, in love with someone you shouldn’t have fallen in love with? THis is a film about a Chinese restaurant worker who falls in love woth an 18th century Qing dynasty god.

Love at First Degree (Singapore)
A gay boy has unconditional love for his straight best friend without any expectations. Little does he know that his feelings that he shares with a stranger online may help him come closer to his love.

La tempête (France) [The Storm]
Leo fantasizes about his weather forecaster. His obsession may be realized when he meets Luca, who resembles weatherman. The night will take them through desires and doubts & love?

La tapette (France) [The Mousetrap]
Baptiste is a gay man who can't stop dreaming about a woman who works at a local pub. His desire for her makes him go on a journey of unprotected sex.

Netuno (Brazil) [Neptune]
The film shows a growing obsession of a man to another man who he sees in his swimming club.

Caída libre (Colombia) [Free Fall]
Out of the hunting shadows of sexual underground Medellin, sixteen-year-old Jhony is excitedly hopeful about a date with they boy he loves. Beautiful film.

Sr. Raposo (Brazil)
A staged documentary about the daily life of Acácio, who found out he was HIV+ in 1995.

Enter (France)
During a night of drinking, a guy arrives by chance in an apartment where an orgy takes place. Embarrassed, he locks himself in the bathroom where he will find a sleeping guy he knows pretty well.

Ocaso (Brazil) [Sunset]
Late in the afternoon, a student and a construction worker sit on the edge of the bay and leave traces on the landscape.