Friends Forever 1986
Venner for altid (original title)
Unrated | 1h 30min | Drama | 6 February 1987 (Denmark)
Teenager Kristian moves to a new neighborhood. He makes friends with two very different boys in the new school: Henrik, an independent boy, and Patrick, the leader of a gang. Later on, Kristian is startled when he finds Patrick is gay and having an affair with the captain of a soccer team.
This is an adorable film full of the charm and high spirits of youth. There are few shadows here and those are dealt with with confident irony, for what is youth but implied optimism? It is amazing how different the point of view is from what an American or English film might be: ambient negativity is not assumed; the boys’ gayness is not an automatic ticket to trials and stress. That isn’t the point at all. Their discovery of love, of their own sexual energy and of the life-enhancing qualities of friendship/comradeship is just as buoyant and just as magical as that of anyone else: wonderfully positive without ever being sugary.
The chemistry of this movie is just not that common and I would LOVE to see it on DVD. **And I now have!**
I first saw it in general release in NYC when I was 14.
Director: Stefan Henszelman
Writers: Stefan Henszelman (manuscript) (as Stefan Christian Henszelman), Alexander Kørschen (manuscript)
Stars: Claus Bender Mortensen, Thomas Elholm, Thomas Sigsgaard
Language: Danish | English
Release Date: 6 February 1987 (Denmark)
Also Known As: Friends Forever
Filming Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
Format : AVI
Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave
File size : 699 MiB
Duration : 1 h 30 min
Overall bit rate : 1 079 kb/s