New anti-gay laws have just been approved in Russia. After a competition in St. Petersburg, Italian swimmer Massimo meets a Russian of his own age, Vladimir, working as an interpreter for the delegation of which Massimo is a member. The two men fall in love, but they will have to face the cultural barriers between them, as well as old and new macho stereotypes. DVD EXCLUSIVE: Short film from the Director: Polaroid
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When hard-drinker singer-songwriter Jimmy Poole returns after a stint in prison, he finds that things have changed back home. His longtime partner, Tyler, seems to be doing just fine without him and the son they raised together has taken over his place as the lead singer in his country-western band. As Jimmy struggles to retake center stage in his own life, he ends up alienating those he loves most, and when he reveals what happened to him in prison, it threatens to break up his relationship with Tyler for good. Will their family's love for making music be enough to keep them together? DVD EXTRAS include Director's Commentary and Additional Music Footage
Two estranged friends take an emotional and eventful road trip from Los Angeles to Chicago to attend their 10-year college reunion, facing their complicated past along the way. The nostalgic journey across the country leads to confessions, contradictions, and conflicts as they struggle to reconcile their past and connect with each other. Their road trip becomes an exploration of male friendship, intimacy and a search for one's identity along the American landscape.
An eccentric, unconventional fable, Brooklyn Bizarre follows Maurice, an 18 year old boy from France with a dark past. Having just arrived in Brooklyn, New York, he has no friends and no place to stay. On a chance encounter, he is taken in by two beautiful girls, Kim and Betty. Maurice is given room and board and a job at their famous underground club, the Bizarre, where he begins to form a whole new family. In this ephemeral refuge of fantasy and freedom, he begins a disturbing relationship with a male bartender, Luka, who becomes obsessed with Maurice, and also harbors some secrets of his own. But Maurice's past catches up to him, and the liberating world he has become a part of begins to fall apart. When a mysterious older man shows up one evening at the club, it becomes clear that Maurice needs to disappear ....at all costs. A sexy and disturbing tale of opening your door to a beautiful stranger. DVD EXTRA: Interview with lead actor Pierre Prieur (French language only)
Evan Jones, a child orphan who, for years, was shifted from one foster home to another is now a disaffected college student living with his wealthy boyfriend, Chris. Their social and financial disparities have made their relationship increasingly volatile despite their mutual love for one another. While sifting through old relics at an elderly man s yard sale, Evan finds an 8mm movie camera. The man offers to teach Evan how to use it if he comes back the following week. Upon returning, Evan meets the man s 43-year-old son, Peter. They strike up a conversation and Peter gives him reels of old 8mm movies that are collecting dust in the garage. The home movies, featuring a young Peter and his boyhood friend touch a nerve with Evan. Their youthful flirtations and tenderness are uncomplicated and pure. Evan begins to live vicariously through the home movies and his friendship with Peter soon turns romantic. Evan's relationship with his boyfriend Chris splinters as he pushes for greater understanding of himself and the notions of family, love and fulfillment.