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Honest and Engaging Gay Love Story
on 8 February 2013
This tells the tumultuous story of Erik and Paul who met on a sex phone line and hooked up. Erik played by Thure Lindhardt (`Flame and Citron' and `Brotherhood') is a film maker which means he has a lot of down time, so gets `up' to stuff on the phone, if you get my drift. He is a Danish immigrant to the Big Apple and falls for the dashing but closeted, lawyer Paul - Zachary Booth (`Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist'). After a tentative but passionate start they start to get to know each other and that is when Pauls' habit for cocaine rears its ugly head.
This spans a nine year period from 1998 and deals with the ups and downs, no pun intended there, with their relationship, trips to rehab, infidelity and the seeking of solace in hollow and empty sex, just like everyone's life at some point probably - if you are lucky enough that is. After all there is nothing worse than a dull life, but the problem with that is the pain that love can and often will put you through.
This is filmed in an unobtrusive way and the acting is all brilliant Thure Lindhardt really holds the whole thing together and comes across as both genuine and caring. There is a fair bit of horizontal gymnastics but all done in the best possible taste, so nothing too strong to worry about or indeed look forward to. This though is a very honest exploration of a relationship with all its' attendant problems and the inevitable ultimatums that only real love can force you to make.
This is mostly in English with a touch of Danish with a run time of 101 minutes but is so engaging that it feels shorter, whilst there are some painful to watch scenes, that is only because the actors have gained empathy which draws you into their story. This is for fans of gay cinema and actually anyone who cares about relationships or a love story that hurts- recommended.