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A romantic drama about social classes and what makes us equal
on 19 June 2014
Let's face it: the vast majority of the "gay themed" movies are quite bad, more like excuses to see hot guys kissing and/or having sex. If that's what you are looking for, then go look somewhere else. "HAWAII" is not "gay themed" in that sense. It's a movie with homosexual protagonists.
And it's not that it is short on homoeroticism, because there's plenty of it here. In fact, a key point of this movie is Berger's masterly use of male eroticism in a way I haven't seen before, not just to please the viewers's senses, but as an actual element of the narrative.
"HAWAII" tells the story of two childhood friends that meet again in their thirties/late twenties. Their lives are quite different, as they belong to different social classes. A strange play starts between the two, fueled by sexual tension and the desire to control the situation. But the intimate moments they share, and the memories of their childhood, gradually reveal their feelings for each other, and put their differences to the test.
There's a lot more to talk about, but I don't want to spoil anything. It's surprising how a simple story like this can become a movie with so many layers of meaning. It's better to watch it several times, because there are so many details that will probably go unnoticed at first.
Just a warning: the start of the movie is a quite slow prologue in which nothing interesting seems to be happening. Don't worry and keep watching it. It's worth your time.
One of the best movies I have seen in a while.