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5.0 out of 5 stars Repressed desires, 17 Mar. 2013
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A film about a middle aged white mans racism, hide homosexuality and repressed desires in actual South Africa. A serious approach to the complexed mentality of a man having a life far from his own nature in a middle class environment. He is married, has a daughter, with who he keep a distant and conservative father daughter relationship. His intimated bed life with his wife is non existing and this origins a tension that he tackle with indifference or will not confront at all, just for maintain his status as a respected man of family. He can keep his homosexual desires under siege thanks secret sexual meetings with other men in his predicament. Well, he seems to have control over almost everything so far until that young, handsome man can into his life. He is the son of his best friend, he a promising young lawyer attending a party in our main characters house. This movie reminds me about Death in Venice... Older man with perfect and respectable petit bourgeois life falling in love and desire for younger guy with all the consequences this situation may bring for him. I saw another movie, italian, about the same theme David's Birthday. In both films I recognise the implicit repression in social boundaries and moral conventions that rule our lives and the tensions and frustration they can produce when nature is pointing in the contrary direction.
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