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.
Cruising at the Park 2018
16min | Short | 18 March 2018 (USA)
This film portrays the journey of a “straight” married man who has the habit of cruising in the park next to his work place during his lunch break. He is a hunter however he is also hunted. Mostly he plays with other discrete married man, they enjoy looking at each others hard erections, mutual masturbation, sucking and fucking. It is a ritual of brief encounters in the woods. After ejaculating, he walks away back to his unsatisfactory job.
Cruising at Beach 19 (2018)
19min | Short | 15 April 2018 (USA)
Ready for the 2018 cruising season. Waiting for sea, sex and sun on the beach to start again. – soon. After so many requests and positive feedback from the previous film BEACH 19 (2014), and the rise of people going to the beach of love in the past years, this is a remake with a new poetic representation of the rituals that take place there. Beach 19 / Praia 19 is the most popular gay nudist beach in Portugal, part of a Nature Reserve near Lisbon with a extensive cruising section. Tension. Fervor. Satisfaction of outdoor sex. The tension rises slowly and seductively, the warm wind blows and the heat of summer burns, the action builds into a full-on group masturbation, sucking and fucking session. In this film, the visuals speak for themselves. It is officially a nude beach, but you can opt between being naked or keeping your swim-suit on. It is the perfect spot for sun-bathing, swimming, cruising, making new friends and watching the the sunset. In summer time, it is packed with guys from all over Europe and beyond. Half of them are fully naked, sun tanned. You can find younger, older, bears, muscled, well – a lot men for everyone’s taste. Most of the cruising takes place in the late afternoon, mainly in the dunes and the vast bushy area behind the railway track. There is some cruising when it gets dark, usually bisexual locals looking for extra-marital fun. If you go there, have safe fun and please help to keep the beach and the natural reserve clean. Avoid leaving any trash behind and don’t smoke in the wooden areas due to fire hazard. Spring is also a beautiful time to go for a walk/cruising among the yellow mimosa trees as the days start to warm up.
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.
When Mullen opened the door to let in Christen, he believed he was simply helping out a friend of a friend who needed a short break. As the so-called “emergency” visit turns into a forced darkening small talk on which Christen just wouldn’t leave, Mullen vividly feels his misgiving thoughts becoming complete rejection just before transforming into the sensual redemption of his most feared fetish.
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.