LGBT Inside Out Film Festival: A MOMENT IN THE REEDS (Tämä hetki kaislikossa), (Finland 2017) ***

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Trailer

Having moved to Paris for university, Leevi returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq, a recent …See full summary »

Director:

Mikko Makela

Writer:

Mikko Makela

 

 MOMENT IN THE REEDS opens with gay undergraduate student Leevi (Janne Puustinen) revisiting his hometown in Finland to help renovate the family’s lake house.   When his father (Mika Melender) drives him to the house, it is revealed that his father does not approve of his son’s sexual orientation but there is nothing he can do about it anyway. 

  Leevi helps in the innovation but is not particularly good at it, storming off at one instant when hitting his finger with the hammer.  (Most gay men are not good in this field of work!)  The dad has hired a helper (Boodi Kabbani), who shows up unable to speak much Finnish.  The father is unable to communicate with him but the help and son speak English.   Dad is suddenly called away.  No surprises then when the helper, who is a Syrian refugee turns out to be gay and he and Leevi have really hot sex before the father returns. 

 If his film was made 20 years ago, the son would not have come up to the father.  Despite the familiar well-worn theme, the film is quite an entertaining watch, primarily for the reason that it does not aim high.  Coming-of-age, father/relationship, refugee problems are just a few issues tackled in this film.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oyJodhVRok

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LGBT Inside Out Film Festival: A MOMENT IN THE REEDS (Tämä hetki kaislikossa), (Finland 2017) ***

Submit your Screenplay to the Festival TODAY

A Moment in the Reeds Poster
Trailer

Having moved to Paris for university, Leevi returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq, a recent …See full summary »

Director:

Mikko Makela

Writer:

Mikko Makela

 MOMENT IN THE REEDS opens with gay undergraduate student Leevi (Janne Puustinen) revisiting his hometown in Finland to help renovate the family’s lake house.   When his father (Mika Melender) drives him to the house, it is revealed that his father does not approve of his son’s sexual orientation but there is nothing he can do about it anyway.   

Leevi helps in the innovation but is not particularly good at it, storming off at one instant when hitting his finger with the hammer.  (Most gay men are not good in this field of work!)  The dad has hired a helper (Boodi Kabbani), who shows up unable to speak much Finnish.  The father is unable to communicate with him but the help and son speak English.   Dad is suddenly called away.  

No surprises then when the helper, who is a Syrian refugee turns out to be gay and he and Leevi have really hot sex before the father returns.  If his film was made 20 years ago, the son would not have come up to the father.  Despite the familiar well-worn theme, the film is quite an entertaining watch, primarily for the reason that it does not aim high. 

 Coming-of-age, father/relationship, refugee problems are just a few issues tackled in this film.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oyJodhVRok

 

 

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LGBT Inside Out Film Festival: PROM KING 2010 (USA 2017)

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prom_kingA young romantic navigates college dating while striving to reconcile homosexuality with his classic, cinematic ideals.

Director: Christopher Schaap
Writer: Christopher Schaap
Stars: Julia Weldon, Mikaela Izquierdo, Lionel Thomas

Review by Gilbert Seah 

PROM KING 2010 is a teen movie directed, written and starring a teen, Christopher Schaap. The story has a loose narrative that follows protagonist Charlie (Schaap) through his college dating days.

Charlie comes across on screen as a princess with Nancy boy mannerisms who cannot decide but thinks he knows what he wants and cries any time he cannot get it. There are flaws in the film but one should also give the the young director some credit.

Schaap does bring his little world into focus, realistic as it is, seen though one would find it difficult to sympathize with his character. What he goes through, puppy love, infatuation and the need to have a boyfriend and the need to be accepted are all the actual things young gay boys go through.

Schaap obviously idolizes Woody Allen from the poster of Allen’s MANHATTAN pinned up in his room. For a film about a boy in college, there are hardly any scenes on campus grounds or on him having to study or take exams.

In the end, Schaap’s film goes nowhere though one would expect at least to have some of his insight as in Woody Allen’s MANHATTAN.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/203858177

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