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4.0 out of 5 stars an excellent low budget film
A bold romance showing homophobia and religious bigotry . Yes it is rather cheaply shot and at some points the actors are a little soap opera ish but I still found this a very powerful film . It is not explicit in any way sexual but I think that means it can reach a wider audience . Bahaman islands look beautiful too .
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by cartoon

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3.0 out of 5 stars Gay Bahamian Film that is a bit pedestrian
This is a full length version of writer and director, Kareem Mortimer's earlier short called `Float. It stars Johnny Ferro as `Jonny' a reclusive scholarship, art student, whose work is lacking in passion. His art teacher thinks he needs some inspiration and so sends him to stay at her home on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera. He is already suffering bullying and...
Published on 13 Sep 2011 by Tommy Dooley


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3.0 out of 5 stars Gay Bahamian Film that is a bit pedestrian, 13 Sep 2011
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Tommy Dooley "Tom" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a full length version of writer and director, Kareem Mortimer's earlier short called `Float. It stars Johnny Ferro as `Jonny' a reclusive scholarship, art student, whose work is lacking in passion. His art teacher thinks he needs some inspiration and so sends him to stay at her home on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera. He is already suffering bullying and homophobia in Nassau, so decides to go. Once there he meets Romeo (Stephen Tyrone Williams) who is also a refugee from Nassau trying to escape the prying attentions of his over bearing mother.

Romeo makes some initial advances on Jonny but is rebuked, undeterred he carries on until he gains his confidence and a relationship - of sorts - begins. There is also a dual plot of the hypocritical, homophobic, preacher, who also likes a bit of cruising himself. His wife, played brilliantly by Margaret Laurena Kemp, has caught a not so social disease and is blaming him; he says she has turned to the devil so she goes off to the same island to see if he will return to save their marriage.

What unfolds exposes deep set homophobia and traditional family set ups based on narrow and ignorant views of Christianity and the Old Testament. There are no new plots here, but what is new is the setting, this was made with the full co-operation of The Bahamas Film Council, and it should be lauded for trying to address the religious ignorance and bigotry which gives support to the lies spread by rampant homophobes.

Where is it let down? Well despite some great acting, there are also some very woeful performances, this is not helped by the video kind of format it has been recorded in, this makes it feel like a day time soap. There is also some poor lighting in the night shots, which instead of adding mood and feeling, just makes you miss what is happening. There is some reggae, which may upset music fans and very little background, incidental or mood music. I know this is down to funding and so is forgivable, but when competing on an International stage, these things matter. All in all not a bad effort and as said earlier laudable for many reasons, the ending may leave you feeling unfulfilled, but that is always the artistic choice of the writer, so I am fine with it. If you like world, gay cinema this is one you ought to get round to seeing, but it will not change your life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an excellent low budget film, 26 Aug 2011
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A bold romance showing homophobia and religious bigotry . Yes it is rather cheaply shot and at some points the actors are a little soap opera ish but I still found this a very powerful film . It is not explicit in any way sexual but I think that means it can reach a wider audience . Bahaman islands look beautiful too .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good low budget pic, 10 Jun 2011
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Well I enjoyed it though the production values are very low, the acting is a bit stiff and awkward and the characters are all a bit 2D. Good to see films dealing with these issues coming out from the Carribean.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars let's try again ..., 26 Jun 2014
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It is very disappointing to write a sincere review and be singled out for a negative vote when other reviewers equally see the film as flawed. So I'll scrap the references to other films and just say that this film started out promisingly, that I loved the Johnny character and had the same kind of feeling towards Romeo that Johnny had. Romeo's subsequent actions and awful attempts at self-justification ruined the film for me, I'm afraid, when it could have been a very enjoyable, tender romance.

The political side of the film did strike me as a bit heavy-handed. The arguments of the homophobes are dreary and wrongheaded, but I suppose the film has to dramatise the debate to work in the context of gay rights in the Bahamas that seem far from won, unfortunately. What I thought was a mistake was showing us the homophobic preacher's wife quite so much, without referring to her homophobia. She was really rather awful in her negative feeling, as came out near the end, so knowing quite so much about her marriage to her closet-gay husband, who was even worse, and her emotional difficulties, seemed a bit irrelevant. Perhaps the point was that homophobia can come dressed up in quite charming guises, a bit like Anita Bryant in California? Be that as it may, it would have been better to show us a more touching gay romance - the shy, lovable Johnny certainly deserved it - and to have tweaked the sexy Romeo differently so that he didn't come across as so flawed, having seemed so at ease with his sexuality.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Film, 7 Oct 2011
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This film is absolutlely stunning. It is a very realistic portrayal of the struggles that gay people, whether or not they are open about their sexuality or not, have to deal with in modern day society and across the world. The film deals with homophobia, religion, acceptance, prejudice and love. I would recommend this film to anyone, it is a truly touching film x
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart rending tale of love and loss in a sun drenched paradise, 17 Mar 2014
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Wanna be moved? Watch this film. Whilst not perfect by any measure it's an emotionally effective rites of passage. Beautifully done without resorting to explicit sex. Brilliantly acted by all and gorgeous scenery. Perhaps a little too overlong but it will hold your interest for the most part and it's extremely watchable. Ultimately tragic but in the end engrossing entertainment of the highest order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars children of god, 11 Feb 2014
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R. A. Keyho "Anthony rk" (England) - See all my reviews
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what a beautiful film, with a good story and well acted, the scenery is lovely and the script is very touching in places, a film to be proud of,
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably convincing drama., 1 Sep 2013
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Not bowled over by it.Quite OK for a Low Budget drama project.There's a short film in the extras section on which this was obviously based which is just as good
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3.0 out of 5 stars Children of God, 26 Aug 2011
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Good to see films dealing with gay issues coming from the Caribbean. The locations are stunning but some of the acting is a bit stiff. However, the overall production is good and worth watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars When religion blinds people, 26 Aug 2011
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Not perfect, but very well done film about conflict between faith and sexuality.
Another proof that Christianity isn't such tolerant religion as it seems to be. There are still countries in Europe which could have been used as background in this story. Narrow-minded people, bigots (such as this closeted preacher) live everywhere.
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