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Germany released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Fifteen-year-old Nathan and his parents have recently moved to a small country town in Louisiana. There he is drawn into a homosexual relationship with seventeen-year-old Roy. Within this religious community, the breaking of taboos leads to violence. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, ...Dream Boy
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The story was touching, engaging and sensitively handled by the director. There are some truly beautiful moments and the ending was haunting. Ever since watching this film I have found it hard to shake as it is certainly a film that makes you think. It is a film that is very hard to just switch off and forget, unlike so many romantic films churned out nowadays.
Aside from a few moments, which any film has, and the somewhat intrusive musical score, this film was well worth the money and atmospheric. For anyone interested in the genre particularly, or in search of a refreshingly different romance tale, this is worth a nod - I for one went straight away to buy the book.
15-year-old Nathan (Stephan Bender) arrives with his parents into a small, religious, farming community in the South. He quickly notices 17-year-old Roy (Max Roeg), his next-door neighbour, but being painfully-shy, it takes Nathan a while to strike up conversation with Roy. An intense bond soon develops between the two, building by way of eye contact and body language, as appropriate to the oppressive small-town, backwater, environment in which they live. Their almost-wordless desire for one another is eventually consummated. Jealousy intervenes: Roy is surprised and upset to discover his younger friend's apparently-skilled 'technique', and he cold-shoulders Nathan - until his curiosity is aroused upon discovering that the latter is spending his nights sleeping in a nearby wood...
Various sub-plots abound, leading to an unexpected, arresting denouement; to reveal any more would be unfair to the newcomer to this story. While shot on a low-budget, the actors comfortably grow into their roles, providing authentic performances with difficult material. Particular note in this regard to the outstandingly-moving portrayals of Nathan's conflicted mother (Diana Scarwid), and his tortured, multi-faceted father (Tom Ryan). The cinematography is confident and accomplished, supported by an extremely strong musical score.
A beautifully-depicted, highly-sensual and intense tale of isolation, jealousy, and the often-brutal consequences caused by social repression of desire. Highly talented director, James Bolton ("Eban & Charley", "The Graffiti Artist") has once again selected important material which is usually neglected by the mainstream; it will be most intriguing to see his next project. Recommended.
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