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Wistful Love Is Strange Depicts the Seasons of Life

Wistful Love Is Strange Depicts the Seasons of Life

Love Is Strange, director/co-writer Ira Sachs’ thoughtful, wistful film, concerns a couple—George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John Lithgow)—who have been together 39 years. The men marry in the opening moments,…

Man at Bath Provocatively Explores Intimacy and Coping

Man at Bath Provocatively Explores Intimacy and Coping

Christophe Honoré’s 2010 film Man at Bath, now out on DVD, is a provocative investigation of the disintegrating relationship between Emmanuel (beefy French porn star François Sagat) and Omar (Omar…

Gay Man Shares How He Was Kidnapped for Christ

Gay Man Shares How He Was Kidnapped for Christ

Kate Logan’s probing documentary Kidnapped for Christ, airing this month on Showtime, was originally meant to be an evenhanded examination of Escuela Caribe, a Christian boarding school for troubled teens…

Seductive Venus in Fur Plays with Reality and Perception

Seductive Venus in Fur Plays with Reality and Perception

Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur, opening Friday at the Landmark theaters in San Francisco and Berkeley, unfolds almost entirely inside a theater in Paris. An adaptation of David Ives’ play…

Recommended Films for Frameline’s Final Week

Recommended Films for Frameline’s Final Week

(Editor’s Note: Please join us in congratulating Gary on his recent marriage to his partner Mike. We wish them many years of happiness together, with countless date nights along the…

10 Frameline Highlights

10 Frameline Highlights

Showcasing more than 100 features, documentaries, and shorts, Frame­line, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, opens June 19. The opening night selection is the lo­cal area premiere of The…

Be Sure to See “Test” and “Burning Blue”

Be Sure to See “Test” and “Burning Blue”

Set in 1985 San Francisco, the low-budget Test is a compelling drama about the onset of the AIDS crisis. Frankie (Scott Marlowe) is a dancer whose unease about the disease…

Chinese Puzzle Is Messy and Fragmented, But That’s What Makes It Appealing

Chinese Puzzle Is Messy and Fragmented,  But That’s What Makes It Appealing

Chinese Puzzle is the third film—after L’auberge Espagnole and Russian Dolls—starring Romain Duris as Xavier Rousseau and directed by Cédric Klapisch. This entry is set mostly in New York City,…

Hypnotic Young & Beautiful Penetrates Mysteries of Human Sexuality and Identity

Hypnotic Young & Beautiful Penetrates Mysteries of Human Sexuality and Identity

By Gary Kramer Young & Beautiful, the latest film from prolific gay writer/director François Ozon, is an exquisitely made drama that chronicles a year in the life of seventeen-year-old Isabelle…

Teenage Captures Youth Culture’s Timeless Quest for Freedom

Teenage Captures Youth Culture’s Timeless Quest for Freedom

Openly gay filmmaker Matt Wolf’s illuminating documentary, Teenage, is a fantastic mix of found footage, still photographs, and re-enactments of individual stories. The narration—British and American boys, and American and…

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