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Floating Skyscrapers 2013

3.4 out of 5 stars (56) IMDb 6.4/10

In his fifteenth year of training, aspiring champion swimmer Kuba lives a normal, uneventful life - at home with his mother and girlfriend. He happily switches back and forth from good sex with Sylwia to the occasional back rub his mother craves.

Starring:
Mateusz Banasiuk, Marta Nieradkiewicz
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Tomasz Wasilewski
Starring Mateusz Banasiuk, Marta Nieradkiewicz
Supporting actors Bartosz Gelner, Katarzyna Herman
Studio Fusion Media
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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By Stu on 16 April 2014
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I got into this film pretty much right away. I found early on I wasn't noticing that I was reading the subtitles as I was really hooked. I enjoy foreign films as you see things from a different perspective. This film seems to follow other European countries in the fact that so much is said in silence. You find yourself needing to think so much more than films in English. This was very down-to-earth and I thought a believable story line. For me personally I really enjoyed this film.
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I don't want to spoiled the film... But I will, or maybe. Heard a lot of comments to the film that Polish is quite conservative to third gender. So this film ended up with tragedy and hard for someone who looking for happy ending. It's a typical modern day plot of gay movies which have a prize from random film festivals. They always put a message that gay should not be happy or deserve to live with someone they love because god made a man together with woman... I'm feeling unhappy about this idea because I'm also gay :(

Yep,we have a heart!!!
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This is a Polish film of gay love and in some respects has similarities to the recently released German film `Freefall'Free Fall [DVD]. It is essentially the story of Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk) he lives at home with his mum and girlfriend of two years - Sylwia. He is a talented swimmer and trains every day. He seems to be a bit care-free and, some might say, even immature in his outlook. Then one night at an art gallery, which Sylwia has dragged him to, he meets the broodingly good looking Michal (Bartosz Gelner).

They sort of hit it off and all of a sudden they are falling for each other. However, things are never simple and events conspire against the two men, what follows involves family loyalties, coming out and rampant homophobia. To say any more could impinge on the plot.

This film does contain a fair bit of nudity and scenes of a very sexual nature but it is all pretty tasteful/realistic - this is not art house though and does not shy away from a `rutting scene'. It is extremely well shot with great use of the locations and lighting, the underwater sequences are all excellent. This is a high values production and it reaps the rewards for that. The acting is top notch and the sub titles are all very good too - with a run time of 89 minutes this is a film that left me wanting more and was an experience that moved me - absolutely recommended.
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We settled down to watch this film expecting it to be a story about young love and coming to terms with being gay. Instead it was a dark and rather depressing tale with an ending that could have been written in the 1970s. I can only hope that being gay in Poland is not as tough as this film suggests. Avoid this film unless you believe gay people don't deserve happy lives!
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A classic-looking "European" film, you feel Floating Skyscrapers could have been filmed anytime in the last 2 decades of the 20th century - plenty of widescreen vistas, gorgeous if rather gloomy cinematography set in vast grey urban complexes under leaden skies. The tale itself is competently performed and nothing new but is reportedly a first for Poland in terms of gay cinema. However, although I am all for realism, in the end I found it all rather depressingly bleak and backwards-looking. It skirts round gay sex with a couple of standard 'lets not scare the horses' sort of sex scenes, yet feels compelled to counterbalance those with a lengthy and rather graphic nude scene of oral sex performed by Kuba on his girlfriend. Oh, and it ends with a nasty gay murder. Even Christiane F, as bleak a film about drugs as you could get, closed with a glimmer of hope. As anti-gay attitudes appear to be getting stronger political support in some parts of the world (Russia, say), it's hardly a film that would compel any isolated gay man in such countries to think about coming out.
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I would not recommend this film to a person who has not come out as gay because there is no convincing hope of a positive future for the two young men.There is an obvious hostile attitude towards gay people throughout which makes the film quite depressing. The violence and the fact that the film is mostly slow add to my negative impression of it.
The acting is, however, good. At times even very good. When will Polen deliver some positive thinking?.
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I can imagine this made quite a stir in conservative catholic Poland and although this maybe yet another film about the struggle to be gay , I don't think that this means this is not a relevent movie , as it has to be viewed from where it comes from [ there are only so any archetypes and storys to be retold any way] . Also I think this shouldn't just be sidelined as only a LGBT movie as any one who enjoys a quality good looking drama can enjoy this film . I feel Kubas odd relationship with his mother and the clingy do anything girl friend give an extra dimension to this movie , so that it moves away from the stereotype one dimensional plot. Its beautifully shot and if you can cope with the bleak ending [ you may need a vodka shot ] , a movie to really appreciate. Maybe should be compulsory viewing for all those UKIP idiots .
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