A transgressive retelling of the story of St. Sebastian. The movie's great strength is its impeccable sense for movement and motion. An interesting vision of Christ contra Rome. Kudos for being all in Latin!! Recommended for spiritually-conflicted Bataille scholars (a bit redundant...) and folk who resonated with that belle&sebastian (huh!) line "she was into S&M and Bible study/not everyone's cup of tea"
Jarman's feature debut is gorgeous & fascinating. Main man Sebastiane's sexual obsession with his God links gay love with religious devotion in a way that will make conservative Christians uncomfortable. Jarman also finds time to comment on the dangers of a fixation with beauty & to parody heterosexual culture. On a more shallow note, there's plenty of eye candy for someone attracted to men. Overall, great film.
Disappointing flesh-fest on the outskirts of the Roman Empire. Jarman composes shots resembling stripped Old Master paintings, but that's not enough, even for gay erotica, which seems to be this pretty but ponderous work's only function. If confronted with the choice of homoerotic romps through the Classical Mediterranean, make sure to opt instead for Fellini Satyricon.
Sebastiane is a fetish festival: sand and sweat - check; water and golden bodies - check; slow motion body madness - check; lust and love - check; muscles and fur - check. To me, it's an exercise of the male figure - and it's beautiful! But some things are lacking... a lot is lacking to consider this a masterpiece. I really enjoyed some scenes and the colors of this, though.
Interesante tratamiento partiendo de un acontecimiento histórico. Lo malo de "Sebastian" es que depende mucho de la contemplación homoerótica, apartando de cualquier forma los otros factores fílmicos como la misma trama que tranquilamente se reduce en una línea.
ı dont know if i am sooo obsessive about pronaunciation but "gn" hasnt been sound as "ñ", which disturbs sooo much. not fault of mubi but it d be responsible of mis-subtitling.. i just watched 20 mins of the film, couldnt contineu just 'cause of mubi lets say.. d watch it in mute, u know :)
"Jarman turns the camera, which has always had a thing for erotically shooting female actors, on the male form, giving us moving looks at Sebastiane as he was seen by the man who ultimately called for his death.... Inherently a film about longing, both of the body and of the spirit...." - Joshua Brunsting, Criterioncast.com