Eyes Wide Open 2009
Einayim Petukhoth (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 31min | Drama, Romance | 2 September 2009 (France)
Aaron (Zohar Shtrauss), a respected butcher and a family man in an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem, leads a conservative life of community devotion and spiritual dedication. Aaron’s life undergoes a series of emotional changes following the arrival of a young apprentice (Ran Danker) to his shop. Consumed with lust, the handsome “Yeshiva” student irreversibly transforms the intricate beliefs in the once-devoted butcher’s life – leading Aaron to question his relationships with his wife Rivka (Tinkerbell), children, community, and God.
The Orgasm Diaries 2010
Brilliantlove (original title)
Unrated | 1h 37min | Drama, Romance | 12 November 2010 (UK)
A poetic love story that follows Manchester and Noon as they enjoy a long, hot, summer romance. Noon is our narrator, a shy taxidermist who keeps a silent menagerie in the freezer alongside Manchester’s ice pops. Manchester documents their affair, creating wonderfully charged images with just a couple of cheap, instamatic cameras. When a wealthy gentleman called Franny discovers Manchester and launches his photography on the art world, the success destroys the beauty of their once idyllic life.
Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brûlantes 2000
Not Rated | 1h 22min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 10 January 2002 (Hungary)
Germany in the 1970s. Whilst waiting for his girlfriend, a young student, Franz, allows himself to be picked up by 50-year old businessman, Léopold. In his apartment, Léopold provokes Franz into revealing his homosexual experiences and soon manages to seduce him. Six months later, Frantz has moved in with Léopold and they appear to live as an ordinary married couple. The strain is beginning to show, however, and after a row Frantz threatens to leave. Whilst Léopold is away, Frantz is visited by his former girlfriend, Anna, and their romance is soon rekindled. Before the two lovers can escape, Léopold returns and his charms persuade Anna to stay. Léopold’s ex-lover Vera then makes an unexpected appearance and the menagerie is complete…
R | 2h 9min | Drama | 25 September 2015 (USA)
The plot revolves around the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the violent clash that kicked off the gay rights movement in New York City. The drama centers on Danny Winters, who flees to New York, leaving behind his sister. He finds his way to the Stonewall Inn, where he meets Trevor before catching the eye of Ed Murphy, manager of the Stonewall. He colludes with corrupt police and exploits homeless youth.
Love Actually Sucks 2012
Ai Hen Lan (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 23min | Drama | 3 March 2012 (Hong Kong)
Love Actually… Sucks! was inspired by real-life events, and opens with a dramatic wedding feast. It tells a variety of stories about love that has gone wrong: a brother and sister in an illicit relationship, a married painter who falls in love with his young male life model, a dance school teacher who is besotted with his senior student, and a lesbian couple, one of whom has role-play paranoia, and is caught in a complex love triangle. The film celebrates the belief that life is love.
“Do not let Hollywood fool! Gay porn filmmakers from the 1970’s were much more inventive. And Jack Deveau proves it. In this erotically experimental shot completely in France, manager Deveau has statues coming to life in a art museum, who educates handsome Thomas Jeffries on his inmost wants.