The Seminarian [DVD]
Customers who bought this item also bought
Ryan is a closeted student in his final semester of seminary studies. Despite his school s hostile stance towards homosexuality, Ryan has two gay classmates, Gerald and Anthony, in whom he secretly confides. He is also close to his religiously devout mother who, as things stand, is unaware of his sexual orientation.
Ryan needs to complete a solid theological thesis in order to continue doctoral work at the university of his dreams. As he works on his thesis The Divine Gift of Love , Ryan begins a relationship with Bradley a guy he has met on the internet who seems perpetually unable to commit himself. Ryan confides in Gerald and Anthony, only to learn about their romantic struggles as well. Consequently, Ryan questions his views on God s gift of love.
During this volatile time, with the pain of unrequited love and his inability to share his fears with his mother deepening, Ryan struggles with finishing his thesis and holding on to his faith in love.
- Audio commentaries with cast and crew
- Interview with the star Mark Cirillo
- Q&A session hosted by Bruce Vilanch on Atlantis Cruise screening
Top customer reviews
It stars Mark Cirillo as the student, he is in his thirties so a better casting might have made this more believable as the struggling thesis writer, and we are never told he is a mature student, but then again I don't think he was meant to be. He likes going on line for self gratification and pretending to be straight with nearly all his friends.
Well all of that is nothing new and quite understandable. His thesis is about reconciling the love that Jesus has for all mankind with the love we feel for each other and the suffering it causes, and from a theological perspective this part of the film is fairly well fleshed out. He meets Bradley on line and they hook up, it turns out he is an emotional wreck and a bit of a loser. We then have lots of interplay with his friends, all of who have never graduated from am dram school. There is an awful lot of making phone calls that do not get answered. A lot of sitting around reading books, having strained and obviously scripted conversations and minimal music.
There are some full frontal shots but not a lot more for the more raunchy minded viewer of the gay genre. It is not very sexy, the acting is almost universally below par and it is crying out for a good edit because at 101 minutes I was itching for the fast forward. All in all this is a missed opportunity as the backward and homophobic attitudes that are portrayed are never adequately dealt with. If they had have been then this may have been a worthwhile watch, as it is it really remains barely ok hence my rating.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?