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Floating Skyscrapers [DVD]

3.4 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Mateusz Banasiuk, Marta Nieradkiewicz, Bartosz Gelner
  • Directors: Tomasz Wasilewski
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Matchbox Films
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar. 2014
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GTX6COA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,793 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In his fifteenth year of training, aspiring champion swimmer Kuba lives a normal, uneventful life - at home with his mother and girlfriend. He happily switches back and forth from good sex with Sylwia to the occasional back rub his mother craves. But Kuba has also been growing more curious about some of the boys at the gym. At a gallery opening one night, he is out of place and totally bored until he meets Michal. Sylwia picks up on his fascination, but Kuba has her heart. She keeps her feelings to herself, as from one day to the next Kuba puts Michal in the middle of his life with her.

Kuba drops his training program and begins to dream of another life. His mother is incredulous and urges him to stay on track. Meanwhile, Michal takes on the task of convincing his concerned mother and distant father that his lifestyle is not just a passing fancy. Kuba comes to recognize he has never experienced feelings as deep as those he has for Michal. It takes all the courage he can muster to face those who love him and dive in. Then he must deal with the consequences.

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I don't want to spoiled the film... But I will, or maybe. Heard a lot of comments to the film that Polish is quite conservative to third gender. So this film ended up with tragedy and hard for someone who looking for happy ending. It's a typical modern day plot of gay movies which have a prize from random film festivals. They always put a message that gay should not be happy or deserve to live with someone they love because god made a man together with woman... I'm feeling unhappy about this idea because I'm also gay :(

Yep,we have a heart!!!
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By Stu on 16 April 2014
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I got into this film pretty much right away. I found early on I wasn't noticing that I was reading the subtitles as I was really hooked. I enjoy foreign films as you see things from a different perspective. This film seems to follow other European countries in the fact that so much is said in silence. You find yourself needing to think so much more than films in English. This was very down-to-earth and I thought a believable story line. For me personally I really enjoyed this film.
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I would not recommend this film to a person who has not come out as gay because there is no convincing hope of a positive future for the two young men.There is an obvious hostile attitude towards gay people throughout which makes the film quite depressing. The violence and the fact that the film is mostly slow add to my negative impression of it.
The acting is, however, good. At times even very good. When will Polen deliver some positive thinking?.
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This is a Polish film of gay love and in some respects has similarities to the recently released German film `Freefall'Free Fall [DVD]. It is essentially the story of Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk) he lives at home with his mum and girlfriend of two years - Sylwia. He is a talented swimmer and trains every day. He seems to be a bit care-free and, some might say, even immature in his outlook. Then one night at an art gallery, which Sylwia has dragged him to, he meets the broodingly good looking Michal (Bartosz Gelner).

They sort of hit it off and all of a sudden they are falling for each other. However, things are never simple and events conspire against the two men, what follows involves family loyalties, coming out and rampant homophobia. To say any more could impinge on the plot.

This film does contain a fair bit of nudity and scenes of a very sexual nature but it is all pretty tasteful/realistic - this is not art house though and does not shy away from a `rutting scene'. It is extremely well shot with great use of the locations and lighting, the underwater sequences are all excellent. This is a high values production and it reaps the rewards for that. The acting is top notch and the sub titles are all very good too - with a run time of 89 minutes this is a film that left me wanting more and was an experience that moved me - absolutely recommended.
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As reviewer Tommy Dooley points out, the plot is very similar to the German film "Free Fall" which I watched last night. Both depict a man in a straight relationship who falls for another guy. They both end with the gay getting beaten up and the straight guy going back to the girl (implied in Free Fall). I thought we had moved away from this negative depiction of gay relationships. I'm not too sure to whom this film is aimed up. It's a pity because the acting and photography is top quality (the two stars given for this reason) but a more positive ending would have made this film more memorable. Of course some will say that life doesn't always end up happily and so this will appeal to them. Lets have some gay films with hope!
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A classic-looking "European" film, you feel Floating Skyscrapers could have been filmed anytime in the last 2 decades of the 20th century - plenty of widescreen vistas, gorgeous if rather gloomy cinematography set in vast grey urban complexes under leaden skies. The tale itself is competently performed and nothing new but is reportedly a first for Poland in terms of gay cinema. However, although I am all for realism, in the end I found it all rather depressingly bleak and backwards-looking. It skirts round gay sex with a couple of standard 'lets not scare the horses' sort of sex scenes, yet feels compelled to counterbalance those with a lengthy and rather graphic nude scene of oral sex performed by Kuba on his girlfriend. Oh, and it ends with a nasty gay murder. Even Christiane F, as bleak a film about drugs as you could get, closed with a glimmer of hope. As anti-gay attitudes appear to be getting stronger political support in some parts of the world (Russia, say), it's hardly a film that would compel any isolated gay man in such countries to think about coming out.
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I never saw a Polish movie, I was surprised: good cinematography, good acting , a lot of tension seen on the screen by living a heterosexual live while being gay and desperatly in love with a boy.
I'm impressed!
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By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 July 2014
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Floating Skyscrapers is quite similar to the German film Free Fall, in telling the story of a straight man who falls for a much more openly gay one who still faces problems with his environment. In both films the straight man has a girlfriend, and his parents feature quite a lot, while the settings are very much modern interiors, multi-storey car-parks etc. - a lot of concrete, glass and tiles. This may be an important film for the cause of Polish gay rights, which I believe face a lot of official opposition and scorn, but it makes for quite a fatalistic film. If the German one is more enjoyable, it is largely because German society is quite tolerant, even if, as I remember, not everyone was in the police force ... But the general climate is more favourable. In Floating Skyscrapers there are quite a few longueurs and the weight of hostility on gay people is felt throughout. The main character, called Kuba, seems to be in full-time swimming training to be on a team, and then considers going to university. Oddly, the gay sex scene rang very true, and the film briefly got beyond the more obvious set-ups it uses most of the time. It starts with a masturbation in a toilet stall sequence that seems a complete rip-off of Almodovar's Law Of Desire, but unfortunately there is none of the exuberance or humour of that film. I thought that, even allowing for its grimness, a more telling script would have maintained interest better. The gay lovers are quite good, especially Kuba, as is the girlfriend, but the underwater scenes are fairly ordinary and the look of the film is best described as drab. There is the feeling that we have seen this material a lot of times before, even if not from Poland. It has a kind of sub-Kieslowski feel, but really lacks the intensity of his films ... Equally, anyone expecting another Free Fall is likely to be disappointed.
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