Billy Elliot but also The Prom. This is mostly fine. I really don't love the cheesy editing for flashback songs. Or some of the other cheesy moments. Also, I hate this irritating trend in queer teen film where the gay character has to act like an emotional support human for the bully at the end of the film. Why can't we just leave bigots unredeemed? Ironically, the one thing I like is they don't paste on a happy ending with…
I am still watching this (this is my second attempt) but I am reviewing as I watch because this is the weirdest movie I have ever seen. It's somehow both boring and disjointed. The tone of it confuses me so much. Also, it has a weirdly large amount of dick. And the love interest is terrible and has more natural chemistry with the main character's brother. He's like an undercooked version of Christian from Moulin Rogue and 10x more self-indulgent…
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"Is it better to speak or die?"
I am obsessed with this film's focus on the language of restraint. The way these two men communicate without words is fascinating and makes the point about shame and sexuality in the least overwrought way a film has ever done. The final credits of the film even are a perfect example; Elio falls apart silently and so controlled while life moves around him. The 'coming out' scene in the public square is so…