X | 1h 28min | Adult | 7 April 1976 (France)
Having somehow gotten this film mixed up with Jack Deveau’s follow-up, DRIVE, I was disappointed to find no digressions into bargain-basement sci-fi. Instead, LEFT-HANDED offers a sensitive portrayal of a homosexual affair at the dawn of gay liberation.
We first meet Ray (Ray Frank), a handsome, long-haired New York artist type, as he cruises a nerdy young guy in a park restroom. Stopping by his friend Larry’s (Larry Burns) head shop afterward, he crosses paths with Bob (Robert Rikas), a handsome blonde who Larry assures Ray is straight.
Sex O’Clock U.S.A. 1976 Documentary | 22 July 1976 (France)
The director films common people in sexual related situations, in a variety of true, gripping, funny, dramatic, disturbing, imaginative ways – in the country than facing a big moral change in their view of adult, public and sexual life.
Coming Home 2015
14min | Short, Drama | 24 May 2015 (USA)
Ivan is a Taiwanese high school student pressured constantly by his mother. He meets Eric, a rebellious exchange student from the U.S., and together they take a road trip down the most dangerous highway in Taiwan, despite Ivan’s mother’s objections. Their trip is cut short when Eric reveals that he must return home after graduation, forcing Ivan to confront his darkest demons.
Fiertés (original title) Drama | TV Mini-Series (2018– )
First, this is so safe and timid, one has to wonder why this was produced and aired on Arte and not France 2. Let’s admit they tried (very clumsily) to embrace a large audience. Still, if the third episode wasn’t set in 2013, you could swear this was produced in the 90’s. Fiertés (what a badly chosen title, considering the result) only is the mostly joyless depiction of the many pains that a gay man has to go through – as if a gay life was only a life of pain. But the worse part is that this limited series (pun intended) almost always choses the side of the heterosexual characters over the gay ones. As if asking for empathy from a straight audience toward gay men was impossible. Finally, the pace is severely lacking, everything is toned down to the point of total blandness, and the depiction of the working class is laughable. A serious misfire.