French Kisses 2018
1h 56m | Drama | 19 January 2018 (USA)
A collection of the best gay stories France has to offer. From tales of teenage sexual awakening, to searing studies of complex adult relationships, these six films are both quintessentially French and undeniably Universal.
The curators of this collection of six French short films had the opportunity of showing us a range of France’s creative best, but apparently this is the best that they could come up with, sad to say.
Admittedly, I have a preference for either forthright narratives or, if we are to take a flight of fancy, at least a tale with a discernable point to make. Of the six films presented here, only two have a straightforward A-to-B-to-C plot structure.
“En Retour” – “In Return” – gives us a short tale of what might transpire between a more “mature” john and his adult rent-boy.
The far-and-away best selection of the bunch, “Herculaneum,” presents a series of three encounters between two men who meet through a hook-up app. (I would highly recommend viewing this one, even if you skip all of the others.) The whimsical “Apollo” is somewhat of a fantasy detailing the titular teenage boy’s obsession with his body, particularly the size of his penis.
“Ruptures” is a hard-to-follow mash-up of various 20-somethings describing their past break-ups. It jumps back and forth between snippets of a series of interviews conducted by a friend, as best I can figure. But, to what end?
Each of the remaining two shorts has a different pair of boys at its core. The first half of “Juliet Electrique” presents two adolescents, one being the alpha-male leader; and the other, his accomplice, who will face whatever fears he has to meet his pal’s dares. An unexpected kiss between them throws them — and the film! – off track, into an obscure future, dragging the viewer along to an unresolved confusing neverland.
And lastly, it is anyone’s guess what “The Body of Angels” is supposed to be about. It seems to want to be allegorical; but in any event, we can safely say that it is “for the birds.”
Directors: Francisco Bianchi (segment Ruptures), Rémi Bigot (segment Juillet électrique), Arthur Cahn (segment Herculanum)
Writers: Francisco Bianchi (segment Ruptures), Rémi Bigot (segment Juillet électrique), Arthur Cahn (segment Herculanum)
Stars: Nathan Bobet, Arthur Cahn, Pierre Carrive
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Filming locations: France
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 3.02 GiB
Duration : 1 h 57 min
Overall bit rate : 3 688 kb/s