At the end of his beautiful trilogy about a homosexual man, director Nolot again shines in the leading role as the lonely former gigolo who has not planned for the future and has to face old age without the sympathy of his friends.
In the last part of his trilogy about the lives of homosexuals, Jacques Nolot again plays his own leading man. In Before I Forget, he plays the HIV-infected former gigolo Pierre, who has now seen better years and is doing less well than his friends, who managed to ensure a nice inheritance from their regular customers. Nolot’s explicitly portrayed sexual transactions between the aging men and a younger generation of exploiters may be confrontational, but his portrayal of the slow but sure demise of Pierre is also loving and filled with pleasant irony. The calm and well-dosed camerawork avoids false vanity and opens the door to an open-hearted settlement of fragile elderliness in a world that functions according to the rules of ‘one good turn deserves another’.
The clumsiness of Pierre contrasts with the other men and forms an honest emotional backdrop for camouflaged rancidness and pretentious sponging. Sharp conversations between the characters betray a skillful dialogue writer who exposes – with few side tracks and a great sense of black humour – the most important motivating factor for each character: fear of being alone. Pierre is the personification of this, occasionally verging on the pathetic – but one wonders whether he really is any worse off than the rest. –IFFR
Jacques Nolot (born 31 August 1943 at Marciac, Gers in France), is a French actor, screenwriter and film director. Jacques Nolot was born on 31 August 1943, Marciac, Gers, a small village in Southwest France. A fragile child, Nolot was doted upon by his mother, a woman who had three children with three different fathers. An illegitimate child, Nolot’s family environment was troublesome and from an early age he wanted to run away from home. “The sole elegance my parents had was to allow me to leave. And then to die quickly” he later explained in an interview. At age 16, he was working at the village’s grocery store, when a tourist stopping there offered him to take him to Paris. In the French capital, he worked selling vegetables while taking acting classes. At age seventeen, he decided to move to Cannes in order to become a star. Young and without economical resources, he became the lover of a rich woman and later began hustling for men. His life was the street. At age nineteen, he… read more