Heaven Help Us 1985
R | 1h 44min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 February 1985 (USA)
Sixteen-year-old Michael Dunn arrives at St. Basil’s Catholic Boys School in Brooklyn circa 1965. There, he befriends all of the misfits in his class as they collide with the repressive faculty and discover the opposite sex as they come of age.
1h 33min | Crime | 3 December 1998 (UK)
Big Ben. Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square. St Paul’s Cathedral. Piccadilly Circus. The London that the world knows. But there is another side to London that remains unknown to the tourists, that emerges only at night, that comes alive in aging terraced houses and sprawling estates. It is a world of pills of dubious origin swallowed hurriedly and hopefully, of music with a thumping beat that you’ll still hear when you wake up the morning after, of Rizla papers bought from an all-night garage, of bottles of mineral water shared as love tokens, of greasy kebabs eaten when the taste-buds have long since numbed, of sunrises viewed through stinging eyes. It is close to heaven, but it is very close to hell. For Rat, a fifteen year-old drug dealer, it is the only world he knows. Over one night Rat’s world turns upside down as he finds himself on the run from older, far more serious criminals. We follow Rat as he looks for shelter with those he thinks he can trust. As each door closes on him, the likelihood of ever seeing the light of day again grows smaller.
1h 30min | Drama, Family | 11 December 2013 (Netherlands)
Finn lives with his father, a carpenter. Both are grieving the loss of Finn’s mother, who died giving birth to Finn on Christmas Eve. Religious symbolism and music as a source of healing accompany Finn and his father as they try to live.
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Frank’s Northern Southern Express
TV-MA | 46min | Comedy, Drama | Episode airs 31 December 2017
Season 08, Episode 08 – “Frank’s Northern Southern Express”
Frank starts a booming import-export business. Fiona considers moving into her own place after Ford shows her a side of Chicago she’s never seen. Meanwhile, Lip interviews new sponsors, Ian confronts a pastor trying to “pray the gay away” and Debbie deals with being unemployed while looking for a way to afford school and raise Franny.
Chemin de Croix 2008
Unrated | 53min | Drama | 2008 (France)
The packaging of “Jonathan-Die Passion” suggests another silly gay-themed film, but in fact, this is a gritty and dark exercise in religious symbolism. A quote from the bible, having to do with showing love and understanding to your own torturer, gives the hint that this is not a typical film. It isn’t a gay film at all, actually. Jonathan steals some money from his mothers bag and, together with a friend of his, travels to the city in search of sex, drugs…or both. After the two are turned away from a porno theatre for being underage, they venture into a more dangerous place where they might secure some hashish. The abandoned building where the deal takes place resembles something out of the “Hostel” films, and the shady but beautiful guy who sells them the hash, offers them the drugged out whore lying on the couch in the same room. However the deal goes wrong, and in the midst of a graphic menage a trois, a shootout takes place between the boy and an unexpected guest. Jonathan’s buddy escapes, but Joanthan is held prisoner, gagged and beaten by the other boy, who begins to panic. The violence level in “Die Passion” is high, and features some very authentic looking beatings, and bleeding, open wounds. The films non-existent budget lends the film a very bleak, and seedy quality. But all the ugly imagery is offset by the cast, which is made up of three very beautiful actors, especially Fabien De Marchi, with his exotic Arabic looks. Fabien plays his part of the quiet, and supremely forgiving Jonathan, who, much like Jesus in the hands of his own abusers, can only gaze upon his torturer with a look of love and total understanding. Running a short 54 minutes, “Jonathan: Die Passion” (as it is called in Germany) is a very unique, poetic piece of work, but it’s serious and violent nature might not be appreciated by some audiences, especially those looking for some lightweight, erotic entertainment. Cyril Legann is a director to watch, as is the beautiful actor Fabien De Marchi. Recommended for fans of violent and dark cinema.
Not Rated | 1h 47min | Drama | 2 March 2005 (Philippines)
The bathhouse – a place where gay men can go to relax, kick off their shoes (and clothes) and enjoy each other’s company. “Bathhouse” takes you into this world of towel clad men, back room sex and the search for that ever elusive perfect boyfriend