Some good artsy-fartsy sequences but most of film too much random scenes, apart from the slightly explored Emmanuel reality - which is difficult to separate from François Sagat 'persona' as a gay porn star. The scene where he wants to send a telegram but he realizes that it doesn’t exist anymore looked as stupid as hilarious.
AKA 500 Dicks Of Summer. With plenty of male nudity and sex on display, this tale of a gay man struggling to move on after being given his marching orders by a recent lover manages to stand out from 101 different films that have already shown this many times from a heterosexual viewpoint. Not for everyone, due to the frank and adult nature of many scenes, but it's a pretty decent film of this type.
The ugly, jittery New York sequences actually possess a certain visual life and verve, despite being dull in content. And they are better than the rest of the film, which drably and meaninglessly attempts to provide some sympathy for and understanding of Francois Sagat's horrible rapist character. Sagat's dance-cleaning near the beginning is charming though.
C'est pas mal quand même, je vous trouve tous très dur ! Tout y est, les sentiments mêlés, la folie solitaire, l'improbable fantaisie sensible de l'homme fort, LA Femme, l'amant, les amants, la fuite, le manque, les regrets... Et une grande liberté d'oser en plus des bases d'un cinema pertinent. Non il faut voir ce film ...
HONORE dépeint l'homosexualité sans prosélytisme à l'inverse de GUIRAUDIE ou DOLAN. Les rapports amoureux sont naturels, d'un bord ou un autre, les sentiments, le désir n'ont pas de frontière. Far from gay films clichés, this is a voyage in the gay world, how guys function, have sex, feelings, look at each other, their promiscuous behavior, violence at times. A masculine essence, a naturalistic vision of men together
Not a perfect film from Christophe Honoré, but an interesting document of these very messy characters' lives. Gay porn star Francois Sagat delivers a strong performance as a hustler who breaks up with his boyfriend. The scenes in NY distract from the meat of the material, the humanizing of Sagat's persona, but director Honoré's more improvisational style lets the material find its own way which is rewarding.
Screened at this year's Seattle International Film Festival (2011) with lead actor François Sagat in attendance to promote the film, Christophe Honoré's meandering and aimless love story is essentially a parody of Sagat's on-screen adult career as a gay sex icon. The film's cocktail napkin sketch of a gay couple's falling out features the uber-muscular Sagat having bored sex with chain-smoking skinny French lads.