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Le Placard (French) [The Closet]

This movie is a hilarious take on how people's lives can take a turn just by saying a simple lie. It can save your job, bring back happiness in your life and make other things also better. Revolving around a humble accountant François, whose only crime is that he is very boring, the film deals with sexual issues without being over the top comedy. It is very subdued. François finds out that lay offs are going to happen in the office and he will be laid off soon. He has already been deserted by his wife and his teenage son and now scared that he will loose his job as well, he is sharing his dilemma with his neighbor who suggests that he should pretend to be gay to save his job because the company will not want to be sued for discrimination. François emergence from the closet has an effect on a number of people. Suddenly his co-workers find him amusing and talk to him. His company now wants him to march in gay pride in for their company's benefit. His son suddenly starts liking h

All Over The Guy

This film very intelligently focuses on issues of intimacy and finding ways to communicate. There is the usual arguing, fighting bitching and everything else between the characters of this film but on listening carefully, you will realize that this is all so realistic. This is how people in a normal life communicate with each other. There is nothing filmy about that.  The film is kind of 2 parallel stories. Eli and Tom are set up for a blind date by their friends Jackie and Brett who met each other in a furniture store. The date which starts off as very boring becomes lively when they start discussing movies and specially 'In & Out'. A few days later they run into each other at a flea market and hit it off, winding up back at Eli's place where Tom spends the night. The next morning Tom says that it was a mistake. Jackie and Brett decide to try again to set them up, and the two men start to develop a relationship. Tom's fear of becoming emotionally close coupled with

Ce Vieux Rêve Qui Bouge (French) [That Old Dream That Moves]

The best thing about this film is that it is only some 50 odd minutes. The film set in a old factory in France for some reasons makes it for a delightful watching. I still cant figure out why I liked watching this film because there was nothing extraordinary about it, in fact it moves at a very slow pace. I hope by the time I finish writing this piece, I might have a better idea. An old factory is going to close soon in France. A worker Jacques arrives in the factory which now has only a handful (5-6 to be precise) who know that in a week's time they wont have a job. Jacques is supposed to dismantle the machines and pack them so that they can leave the next week. All the workers share a special bonding with each other. Jacques experiences an alluring instant attraction to his boss Donand. He doesn't know what to do about it. An old guy in the worker group Guiraudie figures out that this worker likes men and tells him that he cannot get Donand but Jacques is really attracted a

Vil Romance (Spanish) [Twisted Romance]

wtf!! This is my first reaction having sit through this film. It was such an amateurish experiment that I have no words to explain. The film is so dark. The story did have the potential of being 'different' in the world of gay cinema but a very shoddy screenplay, a shoddier acting department and pathetic direction made this film a drag. Roberto is a teenager and a drifter. He lives with his mom and sister (whose introduction is a 4way with 2 other man.. so weird!). One day he meets a gray long haired man Raul. He accepts his invitation to visit his home. Raul ends up beinga violent lover but Roberto still ends up spending the night with him. They continue to meet despite the violent nature of sex and eventually Roberto movs in because he gets a sense of 'home' and 'family'. He wants this to work but it is not easy with a dark side man like Raul. So now its power struggle in bed. Raul is always top but Roberto wants to be active too. Enter a Spaniard Caesar with