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Between Love & Goodbye [DVD]

Simon Miller , Justin Tensen , Casper Andreas    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Simon Miller, Justin Tensen, Rob Harmon, Jane Elliott
  • Directors: Casper Andreas
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Queer Culture
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003CYOOEY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,006 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Love makes the world go round. At least that s what Marcel and Kyle believe, until they suddenly discover that love can alternatively flip the world upside-down. When certain elements are set into motion, they tend to stay in motion. If tampered with, they can spin out of control. Marcel and Kyle are in love at first sight, and even though they can t legally marry, they will find a way to make it work. French Marcel marries their lesbian friend Sarah so he can stay in the USA with Kyle. Enter Kyle s sister April, a former prostitute. She needs a place to crash, but for how long? Taking a quick dislike to Marcel, April methodically drips poison into their happiness. But where Marcel sees a conniving woman with a not-so-hidden agenda, Kyle only sees his sister - in need. Love isn t pure after it s been tainted. Our perfect couple fall headlong into possessiveness, jealousy and rage; trapped in the tangled emotions found in that space between love and goodbye. Just how far will one of them go to put a stop to the madness? Between Love & Goodbye is the new film from writer/director, and recent OUT 100 Honoree, Casper Andreas (Slutty Summer, A Four Letter Word). It is a modern gay drama about falling in and out of love, and the rocky ride in between. Filled with unqualified romance, hilarious situations, and plenty of low down and dirty drama, this is one story where the stakes run as high as the hysteria. The film is set to an original soundtrack and is starring a sexy young cast. Special Features: Director's Commentary Auditions Interviews Trailers Deleted/Extended Scenes Music Videos

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3.2 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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`Between Love and Goodbye' starts off slow and looks and feels amateur, only to develop into a rather good movie.

Upfront let me say I am not a fan of Casper Andries (writer and director) who is also responsible for `Slutty Summer' and a `Four Letter Word', as I find his stories to be transient and lacking any sense of depth. They are ultimately flirtations with serious subject matters, and as such leave one feeling unfulfilled. I also believe there are few directors who are also able to successfully write their movies. Most however tend to over romanticise their language to the point of theatrical pontificating, and large segments of the movie are spent in either overstated, tedious monologues or unnecessary poetic explanations.

This movie is somewhat different in that a great deal happens in a relatively short period of time, thus `forcing' Casper Andries to deal with his subject in a matter in a manner which is precise. The story is indeed complex, with Kyle (Simon Miller) and Marcel (Justin Tensen) falling hopelessly in love with each other. The romance is brief, and within days they have established a home together, and made eternal promises of being there for each other always. Marcel is a French national, and thus cannot legally reside within the US, thus forcing the two to commit immigration fraud by having Marcel marry their mutual (and lesbian) friend Sarah (Jane Elliot). All seems to go well, until Kyle's sister arrives. She takes an instant dislike to Marcel (founded on her own inability to find value in life) and makes it her mission to separate her brother from him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars over done 14 July 2009
Format:DVD
A story about falling in and out of love...in about 2 seconds. Feels like they go from lovey dovey and gooey eyed then the hate starts they they say sorry and are lovey again until some other minor thing causes them to blow apart.
The two guys are have meant to have been together for 2 years or so and i find it really hard to believe that their relationship could have lasted that long if they are so dramatic all they time.
The silly sister and her unwarranted hate amd why she just couldn't be happy for he brother? I guess thats the point of her character but its just too much.

No one seems to discuss anything together rationally they just yell and get angry and leave.

Loved the first 10 minutes. Absolutley terrible ending, which ruined it for me topped it off.

I may be over reacting a bit having just finished the dvd now but hey its just my thoughts.

Don't get your hopes up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars character development anywhere? 12 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
The story of a French immigrant Marcel who marries a dyke to get a permit to stay in the US. Meanwhile he really falls in love with Kyle and moves in. Kyle is a singer in a band and we'll know it - the film is interspersed with his songs.
All fine. Enter April/Cole - the not-so-trannie-back-to-boy sister/brother of Kyle who worked the streets, is low on luck and moves in with Kyle and tries to restore their brotherly relationship where Marcel is obviously in the way. April/Cole works her little plans to drive the two lovebirds apart. And succeeds. When immigration is told about the fraud marriage by a strange twist of events in the end everyone loses out.

Story has the potential to bring something good even if some ingredients are a little cheesy. Some events as the easy falling in love and just as easy starting to hate is a little unconvincing. The story would benefit if the characters really talked to each other and did some character development rather than easy-come,easy-go.
Acting is mostly wooden, the songs needlessly prolong the film but it is just-not a musical. This film is on par with the directors others productions like Slutty Summer.

A so-so film with good intentions and poor delivery in script and acting.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
Between Love and Goodbye to me was a well written and touching movie. I won't go into the plot as others have done in their reviews elsewhere but it does bring alive the difficulties that gay relationships can result in when other people are interfering and jeolousy abounds as happens in this film.
The actors did Casper Andreas proud and I don't like to single any one person out really but Rob Harmon was excellent as the sister come brother of Simon Miller.
Whether an actor is gay or not it is not easy playing gay scenes as they can sometimes come over as very campy. In this film the love scenes - and there really was not a lot of them - were delicately and artistically done. One could feel the loneliness and despair of Justin Tenson's character as he was being left out in the cold more and more and Simon's character becoming colder and harder as the movie progressed egged on by Rob Harmon's bitchy and possibly incentuous character.
But the best thing to do is go and see it for yourself as peoples' taste are so different and what I or the others say in these reviews are only our opinions and should only be taken at face value and not as a definate yes or no as to whether the movie is good or bad.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  32 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ADULT TRAGEDY OF SHAKESPEAREAN PORPORTIONS 14 Jan 2010
By DEWEY M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
In a DVD interview, director Casper Andreas says, "It is not all good times being in a relationship." He says he wanted to explore what happens when the passionate love you thought would last forever does not, and the love goes away. I understand his point and, I think I view this film differently than those reviewers here who clearly hate it. I've often said, "A relationship is always wonderful until it isn't anymore." A friend of mine says, "the opposite of love is not hate. Hate is merely love standing on its head. The opposite of love is indifference." One thing is certain; lovers Kyle and Marcel (Simon Miller and Justin Tensen) are never indifferent to each other. Andreas captures this complex dynamic, and how we often love and hurt each other simultaneously; with pinpoint, often heartbreaking, accuracy.
French Marcel marries his lesbian friend Sarah (Jane Elliott) so he can stay in New York City with Kyle. Marcel and Kyle move in together, while Sarah gets Marcel's old apartment down the hall. This imperfect, but satisfactory, arrangement is thrown off balance by the arrival of Kyle's trangendered sibling April/Cole (Rob Harmon), who comes with endless emotional issues and baggage.
This independent drama was, astonishingly, shot in seventeen days; primarily in an abandoned New York City apartment building. I think the condition of the apartment building serves as the perfect metaphor for the crumbling relationships within.
Essentially, we watch Kyle and Marcel's relationship disintigrate; which is extremely painful to watch (this may be why many viewers find the film disturbing and even distasteful). Kyle and Marcel are torn apart by forces from within (both admit to one-night stands with strangers) and from without (April/Cole is an extremely toxic person who exacerbates the vulnerablities in Kyle and Marcel's relationship in order to break them up).
I know many reviewers hate this film, based on the low ratings, and I am in the minority. I don't believe this movie gives gay cinema or gay characters a bad name. Heterosexuals often display the same behaviors and have the same tragic things happen to them. Think of this as a "relationship movie." I can tell you that watching this movie, I felt like some painful wounds inside me were being ripped open. The whole movie rang sadly true and honest to me. I could not stop crying. The drama often reaches near operatic heights. The climax is a disturbing scene of domestic violence; while the conclusion, I think, makes the entire movie a tragedy of Shakespearean porportions. I highly recommend this adult drama, but not without a box of kleenex.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ouch 6 July 2009
By M. Mccarthy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I agree that this film is not a typical feel good movie. But for the people giving it a low rating, I think you missed the point. Life isn't always pretty as it happens, and the way that life happened in this film was pretty real.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird Movie but great soundtrack 22 Sep 2009
By Pyramus James - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Most people will lose complete sight of the purpose of the movie due to the complex way it was presented. But the soundtrack is great
24 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware 5-star reviews by the film's Producer 9 May 2009
By C. M. Szatmary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
It is shameful that the Executive Producer, Mich Lyon, for "Between Love & Goodbye" offers his film a 5-star review without identifying his participation.
28 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars how to destroy friends and influence people 31 May 2009
By M. FUSCO - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I watched this movie in its entirety just because I HAD to see how it turned out. I was not disappointed: the ending was as unbelievable and disagreeable as the rest of the film. Films like this give gay cinema a bad name, not to mention gays in general. It is a portrayal of the most self-centered, thoughtless, hateful group of people, who happen to be gay, you have ever seen on screen or off.

The story centers around a young French gay actor who wants to stay in the US with his lover. He does so by marrying a lesbian friend, but to no avail. Their relationship, superficial and trite at best, is poisoned by the interventions of the American's sister, a transsexual who has switched sides surgically and mentally several times too often. He/she can't stand it that his/her brother loves someone else and tries everything to destroy them.

The bulk of the film is devoted to the increasing nastiness of all parties towards one another, and is nothing more than a series of hateful outbursts and recriminations followed by abject apologies. It culminates in what might be a last reconciliation, as the American boy finally realizes the true nature of his sorry sibling and what her machinations have cost him. But fate, alas, is not with him, and everyone loses big time. Especially the viewer.
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