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4.0 out of 5 stars Troubled loves
"Love is short... and forgetting is so long." This apt quote opens WATERCOLORS, as we meet Danny, an artist holding his first exhibition. His boyfriend is frustrated with Danny's level of distraction: it is the event Danny has worked so hard for, so why does he seem so far away? The bulk of the film answers this question, consisting of a flashback to Danny's senior year...
Published on 14 Jun 2010 by Son of Nietzsche

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2.0 out of 5 stars Obvious, awkward and uneven
Where to start.

One excellent cinematic conceit, the drenched 'love scene', does not a movie make. There are a couple of other scenes in this film that are also great to look at, and which have an undeniable erotic charge, but for the most part it is weighed down by its faults. Some dreadful, trite dialogue; plotting by telegraph; a couple of unconvincingly...
Published on 22 Sep 2010 by Bom


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 July 2014
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rather plodding and forced, 3 Jun 2014
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Peter "Peter" (Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I had high hopes for this movie, given the reviews on this site. Unfortunately, I found the dialogue to be forced and uninspired, the story to be unbelievable, dull and plodding, and most of the acting to be dreadful. The main parts were, however, played well, and the film did improve in the last quarter. Not the worst I have seen, but typical of the American contribution to the field...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was totally shocked, 10 April 2014
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Chris Wilkes (Wolverhampton, UK) - See all my reviews
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Having not really read the appraisial, I was totally devestated by the conclusion. This was a movie about young guys attracted to each other (even if it is difficult for Danny at first but Carter is more confident.) Carter is afriad of his feelings but starts to fall for Danny. Being vulnerable, Carter suffers one disappiontment after another, resulting in his ultimate fear. This is a wonderful love story that ends tragically. Had me in tears and made me look at my life in a different perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tragic love story again, 7 Feb 2014
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This film is another one of those boy meets boy stories. But this one has an added edge. To understand that you need to see this heartbreaking film of gay love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and gay but sad because bashing is common place, 22 Dec 2013
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A gay film about a couple of young teenagers in high school in Los Angeles or around, who are looking for their path out of the nowhere of their present, find it and then lose it and find it again but this time the paths are branching out, one low and one high. What is so special about this one that we can't find in any other?

The two young men are just so different that they should never have met and yet destiny and fate are the only trolls and gnomes who decide for us ,and in this case they bring together a brilliant student who is planning to major in art and a mediocre student who is on the swim team and needs to improve his grades in English and asks the brilliant future artist to help him with Romeo and Juliet. Fate I said.

What was to happen happens of course between the art student who knows he is gay but is just waiting for an opportunity to make him come out and the swimmer who does not know he is gay but is able to fool about with the idea in private but not in public. And fate works a tragedy out of it. The art student writes the swimmer's paper on Romeo and Julier but he does not know what style is and his paper is not fake enough to go through and becomes suspicious to the English teacher who has forgotten how he went through college and university.

Sure enough the swimmer's father is not very swift either and he reveals to his son his mother has been arrested and he has bailed her out in the distant Texas where she is living after her separation from her husband and where the swimmer wants to go to for college. The swimmer finishes only second in the competition that takes place on the following day of this bad news, of this second bad news. What's left then? Nothing and the artist is not strong enough to convince him that life is worth living even if swimming is his only horizon because he has just been kicked out of the swim team.

The end is tragic of course and the film is clear that the two young men are confronted to such a heavy pressure in their families, at school, from the administration, from the bullies, from their parents, from the teachers and the school's principal dares to announce the bad news on the intercom at the beginning of the classes. Communication is not exactly the strong point of school officials.

A jump a few years forward and the artist-to-be is an artist now, a successful one who has finally found the power of a style, of his style in his suffering, and some solace in a lover he does not seem to really see, at least not on his canvass, and the lover is hurt and suffers to only be second, though he is the real live one.

The end is touching in delicate watercolors if you want, but does it bring closure to the suffering of a death caused by all kinds of bullying elements in this life that becomes lethal on blinded purpose, with the only aim of making people who are too innocent not too hide their feelings suffer as much as possible because it is funny to see a living being suffering, and if it is to death it is even more attractive. Gladiators are no longer in circuses but gladiator-games take place in our everyday environment: in the street, in the subway, at school, and in all places where it is funny for a bully to torture his or her victim, in fact where he or she can find an audience.

This film is nearly refreshing in its sadness, even if I doubt a swimmer could be accepted on a swim team with shoulder long hair.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watercolours, 14 Mar 2013
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Very good film with good story line, well acted & good photography/ would recommend to anyone to go & view.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WATERCOLORS DVD, 5 Oct 2010
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It was as dull as dishwater, will put some string on it and put it in garden to scare birds, so at least it will be usefull.
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