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4.0 out of 5 stars Shades of grey, 12 Dec. 2012
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I think this film demonstrates that sexuality comes in all shades of grey, and that it is very easy to judge relationships by the sexual mores of a moment in time. The film jumps over the period when the older brother is, say, 18 and the younger brother 13, and therefore avoids the issue of whether the older brother could be described as having sexually abused his younger half-brother. Instead we are asked to accept that a strong emotional bond between two half brothers can develop in later life to a beautiful and loving sexual relationship. Looked at in this way it challenges conventional ideas about incest. Indeed there is some scientific evidence to suggest that were it not for strong cultural taboos sexual attraction between close blood relatives would be regarded as "natural". There are of course good biological reasons for close blood relatives not to marry and have children (as the degeneration of the Hapsburg dynasty illustrates). However, of course, gay sexual relationships do not pose the same problems.
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Initial post: 12 Jan 2013 22:11:24 GMT
rickshayne says:
Ugh, there is some psychoanalyzing that should not be done in regard to this movie. You are already using silly stupid conventions. If you pay attention in the first part of the movie, for example, you will see the younger brother being totally in awe of his older brother doing sit-ups on the bed. For all we know it would be him to be the abuser. You make me think the movie jumped ahead just to avoid these kinds of comments.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2013 09:39:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2013 09:39:55 GMT
Gay Londoner says:
I'm not sure why you regard my comments as psychoanalysing. It is well established (at least in the UK) that much sexual abuse of children and young people involves family members. All I am suggesting is that there may be a difference between brother and sister engaging in sexual activity and two brothers who are both gay, and that the term "sexual abuse" is too widely used to encompass a range of activities, some of which may be relatively harmless and some of which are clearly not.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2013 16:52:20 GMT
Tabbygray says:
I agree with you. It's made so obvious how much they love and care about each other, I don't know how that could be considered 'abuse' whatever their relationship.
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