- Actors: Julien Baumgartner, Julia Maraval, Jérémie Elkaïm
- Format: PAL
- Language: French
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
- DVD Release Date: 11 Jun. 2012
- Run Time: 85 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0074I149W
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,428 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Because of a Boy - You'll get Over It
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In the spirit of other successful high school coming out tales such as Edge of Seventeen, Dare and Get Real, Because of a Boy is an important entry into the New Queer Cinema canon.
Vincent is an average high school boy, a good student, and a star swimmer. Life literally goes by swimmingly, that is until handsome new kid Benjamin (Jérémie Elkaïm, Presque Rien) arrives at the school, kicking up some serious inner turmoil. You see, Vincent is beginning to come to terms with his sexuality, yet he is terrified of upsetting feisty girlfriend Noémie and his conservative family. With passions riding high, Vincent s idyllic life begins to crumble, culminating in the school messageboard being covered in graffiti labeling him a "fag". Slowly but surely, Vincent adapts to life as a young gay man, and finds that it isn't such a terrifying thing after all.
"Charts universal truths about adolescent romance and high school politics with great aplomb" --Chicago Reader
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He also has a lover, whom he has to invent lies to be with. He lives at home with over caring and doting mum, a socialist father and an elder brother who is unemployed and a bit of a tosser. Things come to a head (forgive the awful pun) when a new bloke turns up and takes an instant shine to Vincent. What happens next is a tale of betrayal, humiliation, family let down and a whole caboodle of grief for Vincent. At one stage his boyfriend says, that it is not his fault he can not come out to his mum. Well some do need a hand and others just can't wait or it is obvious, either way people should be allowed to choose.
I thought this was one of the best screen displays of just how homophobic society can be, and it is often justified by them saying things like `why didn't you tell me?' The idea that every conversation has to start with a declaration of your sexual orientation has always struck me as strange when heterosexuals never are expected to do it. Still I digress, I absolutely loved this film, I found it well acted, engrossing and for a made for TV effort the camera work and production standards were exceptionally good. The issues are dealt with in the shock therapy way, that often accompanies the news that your beloved son is not likely to be providing grand children, but has great taste in clothes and can dance like a disco pro. Still stereo types aside, this is one that any fans of gay cinema will want to see and well done Peccadillo for resurrecting it, not much in the bedroom department though but it does not suffer for that - recommended.
Actually that's exactly what this is but a)it's done with French flair and b) there are a few plot variances that kept this more interesting...
Firstly, Vincent already knows he's gay and already is having sex with his secret gay lover. Secondly, he's not "too good to be true" and is quite a self-centered git in many ways (like how he treats his girlfriend and how he reacts to a teacher who trys to help him) which is a lot more honest & realistic about how 17yr olds really are.
Leads were handsome but really too old to convince as 17yrs old. The girlfriend actually looked more that age but acted way too mature & sophisticated (she should have had a least one tantrum over the way he treated her). Is it just me (?) but I thought Vincent's best (straight) friend was the dishiest and with a real cheeky grin!
After winning the championship & all the lads are in the shower they do start taking the piss out of him for using "Pansy" shower gel and you can tell he will have problems coming out as gay....yep....stereotype.
From what I can understand he already knows his is gay and he has a close male friend with benifits in private, but at school they blank each other and act like they don't know each other.. But at the same time he does have a girlfriend too.
All in all it really is a pretty good film I wouldn't call it amazing, But currently on Amazon at less than £5 It's well worth a watch it you ask me.
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