Raw, surrealist, homoerotic and sometimes violent melodrama – a highlight of Agustí Villaronga’s oeuvre. Mallorca 1936: a mass execution by fascists is witnessed by three children who subsequently take revenge. A decade later, they meet in a sanatorium.
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ANOTHER GAY FLICK ... (sigh) ================= 6 films (5 gay, 1 lesbian) out of 30 films this month. Is that MUBI's specifications : ..... 20 % homosexual / 20 % oriental / 30 % French art & essai, etc etc ?
Homoerotic tale that finds young men in a sanitorium suffering from TB while coming to terms with a violent incident from their pasts, their sexuality and their hopes for a future. Unfortunately the tale quickly runs out of steams and drags to its anti-climax.
Very dramatic and dark movie. Behind the story of a "forbidden" love, above all lies the story of young men whose lives are marked by a violent past.
In this sense, perhaps the short prologue is too didactic.
But the film remains interesting and powerful.
Avec une histoire aussi sombre, il n'était pas utile d'en rajouter ainsi sur les symboles trop voyants, les effets musicaux trop lourds et un sordide un peu complaisant... Quant à la mise en scène, elle reste trop classique et prévisible (gros plans lors des dialogues, champs-contrechamps, etc.). Heureusement, les acteurs livrent tous de belles performances et arrivent à émouvoir.
I watched this years ago and gave it 4 stars which I have now increased to 5 stars because I have several film courses under my belt and so appreciated the cinematography more this time around. This is a great film made great in part by its amazing cinematography in my opinion.
Really disturbing and depressing. One of those films in which all the gay people are traumatised, self-loathing and doomed to die tragically. Also all "gay sex" in this film is either abuse or rape. I didn't need this.