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What a pleasant surprise
on 20 June 2011
I am not going to add to much of what has already been said in the previous reviews, but to say that this was truly remarkable entertainment. The story was fresh as was the approach to a sensitive subject, and whilst the comic relief provided much entertainment it was the story itself which resonated with me. Two brothers are gay, yet social mores and a conservative (albeit aggressively ignorant) father demand that they be as he envisages success. They must marry, have children, and carry on the family business, whilst establishing the family name and influence in the community in which they live.
The younger of the two decides to break with that tradition and sets in motion a series of events, that results in the most unexpected consequences, although the reactions of his parents and the community are entirely familiar. The twist in the tail cannot be discussed in that much detail without spoiling the plot for those that wish to watch this movie, so all I will say is that this is a tale of two brothers parodied against the hypocrisy of their family. The father that seeks to pass judgment, is himself morally compromised and his own extra-marrital affairs finds no discourse in his understanding of right or wrong. Similarly his wife finds both the substance and strength to tolerate such infidelity but cannot do the same for the sons she loves.
The grandmother stands apart of a picture of moral fibre, having learnt a valuable lesson in her youth. She will not judge except for those actions she deems to be beneath a man's dignity, and honourably stands with her grandsons on several issues. her character reminds me so much of the noble mother in "The Best Day of My Life" which is also centered around the family matriarch, and the 'coming out' of several family members in very different ways.
Well worth the money spent, and the time spent watching.