quinta-feira, 21 de abril de 2016

HOLDING THE MAN by Neil Armfield

The Plot: Tim (Ryan Corr) and John (Craig Stott) fell in love at high school. Even in face of all adversities and temptations their romance lasts 15 years and only ends when they face an unbeaten enemy.

The cast: Ryan Corr and Craig Stott play the loving gay couple with emotion, humor and chemistry. Corr, besides being a true eye candy, is a passionate actor and I believe he has what it takes to become a big movie star. Stott easily creates empathy with us and gives us a simple truthful performance. In the roles of their parents, Guy Pearce and, specially, Anthony LaPaglia give them strong support.  

The Movie: This gay drama, based on Timothy Conigrave’s autobiographical novel (he was an Australian writer, actor and activist) that was first adapted with success to the stage, is a honest look to a relationship with all its high and lows. It’s also a reminded of a time when AIDS was unmerciful and how it took the gay community and general society by storm. Above all, director Neil Armfield give us a beautiful love story that doesn’t shy away from sex and from showing us the effects of unsafe sex, something that even today makes victims. I don’t know how a straight audience will react to this movie, but it is has a strong story and the sex scenes aren’t gratuitous, so I think they will like it. Anyway, this is a must for gay audiences!

My Rate: 7 (from 1 to 10)

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