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Sun Kissed [2006] [DVD]


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  • Actors: John Ort, Gregory Marcel, Laura Hofrichter, Georgie Stoll, Dyanne Asimow
  • Directors: Patrick McGuinn
  • Producers: Patrick McGuinn
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L4I20O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,974 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Young, handsome and inquisitive novelist Teddy sets out into the American desert to clear his mind and cure his writer's block. Upon arriving at his agent's isolated house he meets the beautiful and enigmatic Leo, a mysterious lodger who helps him settle in. Before long, the pair enter into a passionate affair, yet amongst the oases and windswept dunes all is not as it seems. As Leo is plagued by dark visions of murder and violence, Teddy begins to question not only Leo's true identity, but his own grasp on what is real and what is fiction...
Extra Features: Featurette: `Catching Sun Kissed', Deleted Scenes

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2.6 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
I'm sorry to be so negative, but the only nice thing I can say about "Sunkissed" is that it ends. In the extras on this DVD, the director says he likes making surreal movies and so if you still decide to buy it after reading this, fasten yourselves in because it's not going to be an easy ride.

For a start, the narrative was all over the place. We start with a writer, Teddy, wanting to be on his own to get his creative juices flowing and so his mentor, Crispin, tells him he can stay at his house in the desert. Enter Leo, another of the Crispin's friends, who lives nearby and has keys to the property and who agrees to collect Teddy and take him there. Within minutes, Teddy is falling for Leo. This is cue for some pretty poor acting on the part of John Ort, who finds it impossible to convey any true emotion without sounding like he's reading it directly from the script - such as it is - for the very first time and without his glasses on.

The film goes downhill from here, although for my money, it wasn't far up the hill in the first place. Scenes chop and change. Teddy has disappeared and no-one can find him. Then, straight after, Leo is married, living with his wife and with a copy of Teddy's published book beside them, leaving the viewer in no doubt that this is some time in the future. Then the film travels backwards, with Teddy & Leo indulging in a sexual relationship, then it's back to Leo's wife. We seem to be travelling back in time, but unlike the brilliant "Insomnia", which layered elements very carefully on top of one another when travelling backwards, this film just plonks random elements down and lets you get on with it.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Bird on 9 Oct 2009
Format: DVD
Having just finished watching this movie, and after almost having been put off purchasing it by previous negative reviews, I felt a little balance should be brought to 'Sunkissed'.

In many ways, this is an intruiging little film. It both looks and sounds gorgeous. Attractively shot, it is given a somewhat old-fashioned sense in part through the use of grainy film-stock - which may be off-putting to viewers used to crystal-clear digital. One might assume that the defects present on the film itself (an occasional hairline mark on the print) are due to budgetary constraints, but I found they if anything add to the ambience of the visuals, which drench both the beautiful landscape of the American desert, and the semi-naked forms of the male leads, in saturated light, with a likeably fuzzy quality to the picture. The sound is equally appealing - not just the fabulous dream-pop soundtrack by The Sea and Cake, but parts of the dialogue have a similar fuzzy quality to them.

What a shame then that the acting ranges from adequate to... well, frankly, not. The 'adequate' half of the leading men is at least offset by good looks, and a level of on-screen charisma. More upsettingly, the script does the film absolutely no favours. While the plot is as dreamy as the sound and pictures, meandering and anti-didactic, resolutely refusing easy resolution, playing with concepts of identity and fiction, the script itself is often clunky and unbelievable. Even so, this movie ought to be applauded for attempting to do something different - something often sorely lacking in cookie-cutter LGBT cinema. In short, 'Sunkissed' might not be the picture to revolutionize film-making, but it is an interesting gay movie, with admirably art-house aspirations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. Moreland VINE VOICE on 28 Jun 2012
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So sorry, but I cannot understand anyone who has rated this film highly. I am all for low budget independent gay films, but this really is atrocious! The acting, writing and directing are all appalling. The story is incoherent. I love all films but really struggled to watch this to the end. I did and it was a complete waste of my evening.

Don't be seduced by the low cost and other positive reviews. It really is a bad film! Do yourself a favour and purchase another, better, low budget independent gay film such as 'Shelter', 'Plan B' or 'Presque Rien' all of which are far superior to this attempt!
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Admitedly bought for the 18 certificate and the promise of some strong gay sex. Whilst there was that it was also difficult to follow and way over plotted. But a good effort. And the leads are pretty. Not bad, just not great either.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Clare on 28 Mar 2010
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I have spent the last half hour trying to think of something positive to say about this film, and alas there is nothing. The script was one of the worst I have encountered, which is somewhat ironic considering the story centers around a writer. In fact if his own writing was anything like the films, then his writers block is a thunderous blessing which all of us should be grateful for. The world could do without such talentless dribble being thrust upon an unknowing audience.

The acting was stoic and at times deplorable, as was the direction and editing. The tasteless and at time gratuitous display of flesh, was ill conceived and hedonistic. Far from being pornographic, which I expect has its purpose and function, this was nothing less than flagrant lustful ranting in pictured form. The director could have been more subtle, and indeed artful, and yet these two skills seemed to elude both him and the writer.

Having said that, there are times when the movie is indeed picturesque. Similarly there are moments in the script, where the writer has excelled. Unfortunately, these moments are brief and transient. Like a bite of good pie, it entices but never satisfies.

Give this one a skip, it is not worth the money spent on its purchase. In fact, I am overwhelmed by the thought that this is an hour and a half which could have been better spent watching something else.
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