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Defying Gravity, 1 DVD, 91 minutes
Quand Pete est victime d'une agression homophobe, Griff en est le seul témoin. Il doit alors choisir entre abandonner l'homme qu'il aime ou révéler l'identité des agresseurs de son amant et faire face aux conséquences de son choix...Voir l'ensemble des Description du produit
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bon moment, a l'image de la bande annonce.
Ensuite Defying gravity qui est une bonne surprise, sur un ton un peu plus sérieux, mais on attends vraiment le dénouement.
C'est un film d'espoir qui à l'instar de Beautiful Thing se termine bien, le cœur du réalisateur John Keitel est grand ouvert pour ses acteurs et ce qu'il veut dire. Rien que pour cela il vaut la peine de le regarder. Qui ne voudrait pas avoir Todd comme meilleur ami et des parents comme ceux de Pete ?
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Griff, is your typical fraternity guy, the social chair of the house and your all around baseball cap wearing "dude" little do we or his brothers know at first that he has been having an affair with one of his fraternity brothers. There is some conflict as the other boy wants to take things further but Griff is still in the closet and too scared. Things come to a head when, after an argument, Griffs boyfriend is gaybashed walking home. Griff finds out and later remembers a car he saw driving by as his boyfriend was walking away yet is scared to go to the police or to tell any of his friends that he was with the guy right before it happened. I thought the movie was interesting and ultimately rewarding and a pleasure to watch. Events change Griffs thinking and there is a very satifying ending. There is a fun sub-plot about a developing friendship between the all american frat guy and the just coming out of the closet African American Lesbian also. Great movie to watch cuddled on the couch.
Defying gravity has many strengths, among them a levelheaded script and some very restrained acting by Daniel Chilson and Niklaus Lange. It strives to be more than just a [homosexual]teenage movie by keeping the emotions in check, stearing clear of provocative scenes. This is admirable, even if the result often looks like a TV-movie of the week. The danger just isn't there.
Still, all the characters are interesting, even the bad guys. The script holds back enough information to keep you guessing, and the ending is quite acceptable.
Note: The word "[homasexual]" isn't used at all in the script! Other defamatory expressions for [homosexual] people are frequent, though.
There is a scene right after the end-credits which you shouldn't miss. Don't turn off until you get there!
Pete has a much more developed sense of himself and realizes his environment doesn't exactly match his emerging sexuality. He moves out of the frat house in order to be true to himself, to his emerging sexual identity.
Early in 'Gravity', it becomes pretty evident that beyond their friendship and sexual attraction, the two boys are at very different places as far as addressing the reality of who they are.
After each encounter with Pete, Griff redoubles his efforts at seeking out girls for dates. He works hard at convincing himself that what he has with Pete is "just sex" and that he's not gay. Yet, it's apparent that he isn't concentrating on his schoolwork with any success and that somewhere inside himself, he is indeed in conflict and is becoming increasingly aware of his true sexuality. Despite his efforts with women, Griff's attraction to Pete is transparent.
In the meantime, Pete's doing well in school and making friends at the local gay coffeehouse. He's actively working toward having his life match his identity. Pete clearly loves Griff and would like more of a commitment from him.
Following an argument between the two at the coffeehouse, Pete is critically injured and ends up in a coma after he is the victim of a gay bashing.
Griff feels terrible about what happened but is so afraid of the personal implications, that he stays away. He doesn't tell the police that he and Pete were together just before the beating, or that they argued or that he saw a suspicious truck at the time Pete was leaving. Yet, he doesn't do well in denial either. He grows depressed and withdrawn. He is paralyzed by his abandonment of Pete and his own internal struggle with his sexuality.
Todd, a fellow fraternity brother and friend of both boys, won't let Griff get lost in himself. He spends time with him, offers his help, encourages him to speak. Pete is reluctant. He fears losing Todd the second he lets him know what's on his mind. Griff comes clean. When he is finally able to say that he loves Pete more than anything else he is sure about in life, Todd immediately hugs him. His support for Griff is automatic and unconditional.
Todd helps Griff begin to undo some of his betrayal of Pete. He goes with him to file a police report on the suspicious vehicle and takes him to the hospital to visit the still unconscious Pete.
Life at the frat house takes an immediate turn for the worse in Griff's discovery that guys in his own fraternity are responsible for beating up Pete. They are arrested, but nothing can be the same for Griff. He can't continue hiding who he is, and he knows he has to move out of the house in order to get honest with himself.
Griff's major breakthrough happens quickly after this realization. He moves into Pete's house, even though Pete is still in the hospital, and he starts to begin to spend time at the gay coffeehouse.
When Pete finally comes out of the coma, Griff apologizes for his abandonment and cowardice. Pete is reluctant to believe that Griff has changed. Yet, Griff, no longer sitting on the fence, makes his love absolutely clear to Pete. He acknowledges that coming out is scary. He tells Pete he's going to need a lot of help along the way. He Pete for his help.
"Defying Gravity" ends on the most hopeful of notes. We fully expect Pete and Griff to make a go at being an openly gay couple.
While on one level, Gravity may sound like the same old story of boy denying - boy coming to terms with his sexuality, yet, this simple and beautiful film does an excellent job in depicting the challenges of discovering oneself gay in a very straight world.
Writer and director, John Keitel has created a compelling contemporary story. He does well in being faithful to presenting a film that conveys the essence of this story, keeping the lurid or sensational deliberately spare. The film can be shown in a multitude of settings for entertainment and educational purposes.
The college fraternity setting is quite believable for the story being told. Getting honest with oneself about being gay in an all-male, extremely heterosexual, and highly homophobic environment is a daunting challenge. The major players each courageously come to terms with themselves, and do a fine job in their portraits.
Pete, played by actor Don Handfield, is out of the action for much of the film. However early on, he manages to convey his character as a likeable and courageous young man struggling through a very difficult passage in his life.
Dan Chilson has the challenge of playing Griff and he does it well. We first meet a boy who is fearful and dishonest with himself. His character grows up through the film and Chilson convincingly evidences this transformation.
The most outstanding acting in the film is in the character of Todd, Griff and Pete's good friend. The role is played by Niklaus Lange. Lange has the looks and bearing to play the hulking heterosexual, all-American boy-next-door. He gives us a sensitive and empathic performance in the role of Todd.
Defying Gravity is enjoyable entertainment. It deals with serious issues with tremendous sensitivity and realism. I hope this film is shown in homes, high schools and frat houses throughout the country. It can be a platform for lots of values clarification, and hopefully some changed minds in those who see it.