From Flemish director Dominique Deruddere is this strange coming-of-age film based loosely on a Charles Bukowski short story. The film is of Harry Voss, who, at the age of 12, discovering his sexual awareness. He is befriended by his neighborhood friend who wants to show him the ways of women. Together they go out, explore and try to meet women. At 12, Harry is scared, shy, uncertain to make any real advancement.
The film is told in three different periods in Harry's life, as a 12-year old, then as a teenager at his highschool prom, and then later in his life when he is older and not much wiser.
While some might see this film as dark, it is a great and powerful film that maintains its roots in a certain reality. It captures the essence of struggling for what someone really wants, but somehow can never have those fires kindled. Yet, the ability to continually survive seems also innate within the human.
As typical with other Mondo Macabro releases, you might expect some wacky and zany film that sat underneath a pile of dirt for years before they exhumed it from some cinematic cemetery. No, this was released in 1987 and won many awards. But it was overshadowed by "Madonna, Sean Penn and Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola." Irregardless, its great to see Mondo on top of things and gives us the opportunity to see such a great piece of world cinema.
The special features round out this DVD well with a "making of" featurette and a video interview with the director. As I mentioned, it was loosely based on Charles Bukowski, however, Bukowski was involved in the making of the film. Accordingly, the ending was changed from the story and to Bukowski's approval. Definitely recommended film viewing.