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a waste of actors that could have been used so differently
on 13 July 2012
This film glamorises totally immoral behaviour and is pretty objectionable for this reason. The victims of the aging rent-boy, Vassili have done nothing more than make a remark that may pique his vanity, at most, and in two cases, not even that - and the man who gives him a luxury flat for free is also bumped off for asking the two men not to outstay their welcome when they visit him uninvited ... To find this 'beautiful' really flies in the face of all sense and humanity - he and his equally self-centred young lover are repugnant characters and the film does not have a proper moral compass at all. At best the film shows us that we should not trust people we find attractive one bit unless there is some evidence they are decent human beings - anyone who gets caught up with the likes of Vassili is likely to come a cropper ... the fact that he is 'nice' to selected individuals just makes the whole thing more horrible by adding a layer of sentimentality. On a French chat show Morel and Rideau both seemed to struggle to justify the film to less than enthusiastic interviewers - Rideau even said he went with the project with an open mind but did not know whether it was good or not ... then adding that it probably was ... but he was trying to promote the film! Stephane Rideau looks great in his underwear in a bigger-than-you-thought-possible kind of way, and the other boy is very good-looking, but this whole film seems misconceived. If only the filmmaker had stuck with showing nicer characters and had Rideau frolicking in his big but skimpy underwear in a playful way rather than all this abhorrent killing - a total waste!