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4.0 out of 5 stars And now for something a little different..., 9 Oct. 2009
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This review is from: Sun Kissed [2006] [DVD] (DVD)
Having just finished watching this movie, and after almost having been put off purchasing it by previous negative reviews, I felt a little balance should be brought to 'Sunkissed'.

In many ways, this is an intruiging little film. It both looks and sounds gorgeous. Attractively shot, it is given a somewhat old-fashioned sense in part through the use of grainy film-stock - which may be off-putting to viewers used to crystal-clear digital. One might assume that the defects present on the film itself (an occasional hairline mark on the print) are due to budgetary constraints, but I found they if anything add to the ambience of the visuals, which drench both the beautiful landscape of the American desert, and the semi-naked forms of the male leads, in saturated light, with a likeably fuzzy quality to the picture. The sound is equally appealing - not just the fabulous dream-pop soundtrack by The Sea and Cake, but parts of the dialogue have a similar fuzzy quality to them.

What a shame then that the acting ranges from adequate to... well, frankly, not. The 'adequate' half of the leading men is at least offset by good looks, and a level of on-screen charisma. More upsettingly, the script does the film absolutely no favours. While the plot is as dreamy as the sound and pictures, meandering and anti-didactic, resolutely refusing easy resolution, playing with concepts of identity and fiction, the script itself is often clunky and unbelievable. Even so, this movie ought to be applauded for attempting to do something different - something often sorely lacking in cookie-cutter LGBT cinema. In short, 'Sunkissed' might not be the picture to revolutionize film-making, but it is an interesting gay movie, with admirably art-house aspirations.
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