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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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.
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 ?
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.
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.