I first came across this film in Amos Vogel's "Film As A Subversive Art", it stood out, but not really enough to warrant paying 19.99 for. After a while i couldnt resist and just bought it, and now i am truly stunned this film isn't far more famous.
It's a silent 25 minute long homosexual french film set in an all male prison. The focus of it is on repression, lust, and love, but the thing that particularly stands out is the outstanding visual beauty of the film.
I don't want to give too much of the incredibly minimal plot away, but the scene where all the prisoners are dancing erotically in their individual cells, getting more and more frantic while wildly shaking their bodies is just incredibly powerful, as is the arabic prisoner's dream of an idyllic and beautiful day in the woods with the prisoner in the adjoining cell. There are numerous other moments which truly take your breath away and the music has been specially created fairly recently, and it is just so fitting: lots of reeds, pipes, jungle drums. So thats perfect as well.
Honestly my expectations weren't incredibly high, and the fact that Genet only made one film made me feel wary, but i can honestly say to you that this film deserves to be up there in the top 10 list along with the likes of Olympia, Seven Samurai, Dekalog, Celine and Julie. I can't imagine anyone disliking this film unless they were particularly homophobic, but then if that was the case not seeing this due to that would be a great loss.
Trust me, this is an absolute masterpiece.