From Beginning To End
Manufacturer: TLA Releasing
There are not a lot of topics involving consenting adults that can really shock these days but this searing romantic drama about two brothers who love incestuously may well be one of them! Set in a sun-burnished Brazil, two boys, Francisco and his younger half-brother (same mother, different fathers) Thomás, are being raised in upper class comfort in Rio by their doting mother. Five years apart, the boys are best friends and unusually close to each other so much so that their intimacy brings vocal concerns from relatives that maybe they are too close. But the parents reluctantly brush away the concerns. Fast-forward several years with Francisco and Thomás now strikingly handsome, bronzed young men and their childhood intensity has evolved into a torrid sexual relationship. But when Thomás is offered a chance to train for the Brazilian swim team in Russia for a long period of time, the proposed separation brings fears that their love is threatened. Spectacularly shot amidst the mountains, beaches and grand estates of Brazil, this intense drama does not just live on the controversial subject matter but rather is a strikingly evocative romance of two men fighting against societal conventions
Manufacturer: Wolfe Video Model: 754703764034
With a promising law enforcement career and a child on the way, Marc s (Max Reimelt, Before The Fall) life is going according to plan until he meets the free spirited Kay (Hanno Koffler, Summer Storm). They start jogging together, bringing a breath of fresh air into Marc s life and, for the first time, he develops feelings for a man. Torn between the life he knows so well and the exhilaration of this new adventure, Marc s finds himself in a state of free fall, unable to make anyone happy anymore least of all himself. FREE FALL is part of a new wave of powerful German cinema. Stephan Lacant s first feature film tells the dramatic tale of a man who finds himself outside the clear-cut boundaries of his world. Exceptional performances from Hanno Koffler (A HERO S WELCOME), Max Riemelt (BEFORE THE FALL, THE WAVE, IN THE FACE OF CRIME) and Katharina Schüttler (SOPHIIIIE!) provide a moving portrayal of what happens when life plans crumble and there is no way left to fulfil the needs of the people you love.
Queer as Folk: Season 1
Manufacturer: Showtime Ent. Brand: Paramount Model: 4970339
A group of gay friends, men and women, live out their day-to-day lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A groundbreaking series set in a work-a-day blue-collar world, "Queer As Folk" is the first TV drama that treats gay people simply as real people. Contains 22 episodes. They're here, they're queer, and they make Sex and the City look like a demure tea party. Showtime's quintessentially American Queer As Folk--based on the British miniseries--pours on copious amounts of hot and steamy sex. This slick (and slickly entertaining) series shares the same basic concept as its British counterpart--centering on a group of gay friends living in a primarily industrial city--but after that, all bets are off. Whereas the British version focused on the gritty, realistic drama of its characters, the American QAF is a glossy, fun soap opera that occasionally tackles big issues but never lets you forget that life at times can be a party, and you shouldn't be one of those poor suckers starving to death. A good part of the show's charm lies in its cast--boy-next-door Michael (Hal Sparks), ruthlessly seductive rake Brian (Gale Harold), out-and-proud Emmett (Peter Paige), wallflower Ted (Scott Lowell), and nubile teen Justin (Randy Harrison)--who grew from standard gay prototypes to intriguing characters by the first season's end. And while some subplots didn't work (such as Emmett's farfetched foray into gay-conversion therapy), others were quietly affecting, including Brian's coping with his father's death. Some may object to the show's relentless fixation on sex (and gay men--there are just two lesbian characters), but this is a series that in its own polished way is both engrossingly fun and truly groundbreaking. It's liberating to watch an American TV series in which the straight world is only peripheral. Let's hear it for the boys! --Mark Englehart
Kiss Me ( 2011 ) ( Kyss mig ) ( With Every Heartbeat ) [ Blu-Ray, Reg.A/B/C Import - United Kingdom ]
United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player. You need Blu-Ray DVD player to view this Blu-Ray DVD: LANGUAGES: Swedish ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Music Video, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Romance can unfold at the most inopportune moments, and that's precisely what happens to hetero-inclined Mia (Ruth Vega Fernandez) and self-aware lesbian Frida (Liv Mjönes), two 30-something career women who meet at a party celebrating the engagement of Frida's mother and Mia's father. While the two women's status as future stepsisters is a formidable obstacle-not to mention Mia's own engagement to a man-the two begin a passionate emotional and erotic dialogue that leads to significant conflict between their loved ones and families. Their parents, in particular, must wrestle with the collision of the personal and political that their daughters' evolving relationship creates. From the beginning, director Alexandra-Therese Keining fashions an organic, nuanced viewpoint of Mia and Frida's unfolding romance. Thanks to the intricacies that drive the plot, the resulting story arc wisely sidesteps clichéd melodrama and gains significant momentum via Fernandez and Mjönes' obvious chemistry and genuinely empathetic performances. ...Kiss Me ( 2011 ) ( Kyss mig ) ( With Every Heartbeat )
Manufacturer: Wolfe Video Brand: Wolfe Video Model: 754703763815
A sensual, romantic drama about how love appears in the most unexpected ways at the most unexpected times! Mia and Frida, both in their thirties, meet for the first time at their parents engagement party. Mia s father, Lasse, is about marry Frida s mother, Elizabeth, which will make Mia and Frida stepsisters. Lasse s daughter, Mia, has not visited her father in years and arrives with her fiancé Tim. As Mia and Frida get to know one another, strong emotions begin to stir between them. Their relationship will turn everything upside down for everyone close to them with dramatic consequences.
Big Eden [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Wolfe Video Brand: WOLFE VIDEO
This funny, heart-warming romantic drama charmed critics nationwide with its truly original tale of a thirty-something gay guy, Henry Hart, who returns to his childhood Montana home to confront his unrequited passion for his high school best friend. Favorite stars include: Arye Gross (Castle), Tim DeKay (White Collar), Academy Award winner Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest), and Eric Schweig (The Last of the Mohicans). Newly remastered for Blu-Ray with featurette "Remembering Big Eden" - with all new interviews with Director Tom Bezucha and Actors Arye Gross, Eric Schweig, Tim DeKay and Louise Fletcher.
Mysterious Skin (Deluxe Unrated Director's Edition)
Manufacturer: Strand Releasing Model: 4963132
Two young men are haunted by similar events from their past, though the effects manifest themselves in very different ways, in this powerful drama from independent filmmaker Gregg Araki. In the summer of 1981, Brian (George Webster) and Neil (Chase Ellison) are both eight years old and playing on the same little league baseball team in a small Kansas town. One day, after a game, Brian blacks out after getting caught in a rainstorm, and five hours later he finds himself sitting in his basement with his nose bleeding and no memory of what happened to him. Over the years, the event -- particularly the missing five hours -- weigh heavily on his mind, and he becomes convinced that he was kidnapped by space aliens. Teenaged Brian (now played by Brady Corbet) becomes friends with Avalyn Friesen (Mary Lynn Rajskub), a woman who claims to have been abducted by aliens on several occasions, and she urges him to look to his dreams for patterns that might suggest what happened to him. Meanwhile, during the same summer, Neil developed a powerful crush on their little league coach (Bill Sage), who appeared to have also taken a shine to Neil. Neil's mother (Elisabeth Shue), seeing nothing wrong with their friendship, lets the coach look after Neil while she's off on one of her many dates, and before long Neil begins sexually experimenting with the older man. Neil's introduction to sex inspires him to become a hustler when he grows into his teens, and after burning his bridges in his hometown, Neil (now played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his close friend Wendy (Michelle Trachtenberg) move to New York, where he continues to cruise for a living but under significantly more risky circumstances. One day, Neil is contacted by Brian, who after seeing one of their team photos from their days in little league suspects he might have some clues as to what happened to him in 1981. Mysterious Skin was based on the novel by Scott Heim, and marked the first time Gregg Araki made a film that did not originate with one of his own screenplays. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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