Two things about this: Erik and the opening credits. Sadly, only its first half really works. After that, it gets annoyingly unrealistic and painfully pointless. 9 years going to nowhere? Not an ultimatum here but it feels like in real life they could not exceed 3. And worse: they both looked exactly the same after almost an entire decade (and I'm not talking about the same haircuts all over the years).
The gay version of Blue Valentine. Boring, pathetic, pretentious. No real chemistry between the couple. Even though the story line was very close to my heart it still failed to touch me. And did it bother me they had the exact same haircuts for ten years? yes. Two stars, only for Erik.
Deeply affecting, intelligently drawn portrait of two men whose tumultuous relationship goes through a series of ups and downs, from drug addiction to infidelity, over the course of 9 years. A refreshingly frank and honest portrayal of gay love and sexuality, the film is at once painful and cathartic, deftly avoiding the usual cliches and pitfalls of gay romances.
I was intrigued by parts of this movie, but extremely bored with other parts. I found the character of Paul to be frustratingly vague; he seemed like more of an idea than a fully fleshed-out person and I couldn't figure out why Erik stayed with him. Maybe that's the point.
Loved the first forty or so minutes, then they didn't know how to get to the ending. Still, deeply affecting and beautifully shot. There is so much pain and humanity to crack addiction. Double meaning intended.