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Gay-interest lesser-known / arthouse / indie films

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Vanilla & A Little Comfort [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Vanilla & A Little Comfort [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Two superb indie shorts: one involving a US teenager's bizarre obsession with the Bay Side Strangler; the other a touching French coming of age film."
El Mar [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
El Mar [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Absolutely unmissable. In post-Civil War Spain, the lives of three children become immersed in violence which will have brutal repurcussions."
In a Glass Cage [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
In a Glass Cage [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Memorable, unique and (reputedly) controversial Spanish film; the childhood victim of a dying Nazi doctor returns to torture him by making him re-enact the abuse he inflicted on children."
Black Sheep Boy [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Black Sheep Boy [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Three ultra-experimental arthouse shorts, with plenty of radical camera angles, nudity and sex. A bizarre, but very worthwhile, collection."
Boys Briefs 2 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Boys Briefs 2 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Excellent collection of 6 international indie shorts from Canada, Spain, Germany and Ireland, including the uber-disturbing 'Touch'."
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things [DVD]
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things [DVD]
"Faithful US adaptation of J T LeRoy's brilliant novel. Powerful and disturbing, with outstanding performances from the cast."
Consequence [DVD] [1977] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Consequence [DVD] [1977] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Intriguing German film (B&W, w/subs) from the '70s, about a naive 15 y o who meets an older actor in prison, and the effect this relationship has on their lives."
Fuehrer Ex [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Fuehrer Ex [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Poignant German film set in the late '80s East Germany about the relationship between two best friends and the politics of hate."
Child I Never Was [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Child I Never Was [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Compelling 'documentary-style' dramatization of a German teenager who murdered and mutilated 4 boys in the 1960s."
Fogi Is A Bastard (F. est un salaud) [DVD] [1990] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Fogi Is A Bastard (F. est un salaud) [DVD] [1990] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Swiss (w subs): a teenager's turbulent relationship with a rock singer; captivating and moving."
The Mudge Boy [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
The Mudge Boy [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Without question the best film I've seen in a long, long time. A grieving 14 year old US farm boy and his pet chicken. Outstanding and unmissable."
For a Lost Soldier [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
For a Lost Soldier [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"A somewhat toned-down adaptation of Van Dantzig's novel, but still unmissable: an incredibly beautiful, moving look at the relationship between a Canadian soldier and a 12 year old Dutch boy."
Wild Tigers I Have Known [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Wild Tigers I Have Known [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Beautiful and original evocation of young gay sexuality. Logan is a 13 y o boy with all the angst of adolescent societal isolation, and aims to seduce an older boy via phone sex. Superb."
You Are Not Alone [DVD] [1978] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
You Are Not Alone [DVD] [1978] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Danish classic - haircuts may have dated but themes haven't: school boys, nudity and sexual awakening. NB. 'Friends Forever' is another excellent Danish film (and now released on DVD)."
Borstal Boy [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Borstal Boy [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Very tender dramatisation of Brendan Behan's detention in borstal during WW2; he arrives a young IRA terrorist full of hate, and learns how to love. Danny Dyer is excellent as the adorable Charlie."
Sin Destino [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Sin Destino [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Low budget but captivating film about a young gay hustler in Mexico struggling with drugs and despair."
A Better Place [DVD] [1997] [US Import] [NTSC]
A Better Place [DVD] [1997] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Not overtly a 'gay film', but an intense US piece focusing on the bond between two teenage boys and their relationship of co-dependence."
Salo [DVD] [2001]
Salo [DVD] [2001]
"A must for every collection; the renowned once-banned film from Passolini based on de Sade's 120 Days of Sodom, re-set in WW2. Blood, torture, rape and general debauchery."
Lakki: The Boy Who Could Fly [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Lakki: The Boy Who Could Fly [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Dark, gritty and hallucinatory film of a 14 year old's troubled existence. See my Amazon Review for more detail."
Our Lady of Assassins [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Our Lady of Assassins [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"A rare gay Columbian film - a mid-50s writer returns to Columbia to retire, and falls in love with a teenage boy amidst the drug gang warfare and poverty. Superb."
When Beckham Met Owen [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
When Beckham Met Owen [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Quirky, slightly surreal but highly credible coming of age film from China in which a young boy becomes aware of his feelings for his best friend."
Boys Life 5 [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Boys Life 5 [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Another superb collection of shorts, incl. 'Time Off' - an early work from the Israeli filmmaker who brought us 'Yossi & Jagger', and 'Fishbelly White' - the precursor to 'The Mudge Boy'."
Criterion Collection: Young Torless [DVD] [1966] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Criterion Collection: Young Torless [DVD] [1966] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"This New German Cinema classic from the '60s (B&W) set in an Austrian boys' school is far more 'discreet' than Musil's novel, but still aptly portrays the viciousness of youth."
Love Forbidden [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Love Forbidden [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Moody, intense French drama, set in Rome, focusing on the madness of obsession, when a str8 French student gradually falls for a str8 Italian student."
The Last Day [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
The Last Day [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Another excellent film from R Marconi, dir of 'Love Forbidden': 18 y o student at his French holiday home gets entangled in family secrets and a love triangle. Superb."