Falls: Testament of Love [Import anglais]
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La suite du film CONFESSIONS, sortis en 2013. Voilà bientôt 5 ans que RJ et Chris se sont perdus de vue... Bien que les deux jeunes garçons aient succombé aux plaisirs charnels des années auparavant lors d une mission religieuse, leur passion n a pas survécu à leur croyance... Mais lorsqu une tragédie inattendue les ramène tous les deux au pays, les sentiments et désirs cachés ressurgissent aussitôt. Le voyage spirituel pour découvrir l amour, la liberté et le bonheur, a lui-aussi un prix... Le regard des autres sera-t-il encore une fois une entrave à leur amour impossible ?
Voilà bientôt 5 ans que RJ et Chris se sont perdus de vue... Bien que les deux jeunes garçons aient succombé aux plaisirs charnels des années auparavant lors d'une mission religieuse, leur passion n'a pas survécu à leur croyance... Mais lorsqu'une tragédie inattendue les ramène tous les deux au pays, les sentiments et désirs cachés ressurgissent aussitôt. Le voyage spirituel pour découvrir l'amour, la liberté et le bonheur, a lui-aussi un prix... Le regard des autres sera-t-il encore une fois une entrave à leur amour impossible ? --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition DVD.
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This is a sequel to "The Falls." If you have not seen the first movie, it's a love story between two Mormon missionaries who have tried, in vain, to lead Christian lives. Upon meeting on their mission, they fall in love and discover more about themselves than they realized existed. The movie ends without our knowing the disposition of their relationship, though. It's assumed that they moved on to live happily ever after.
Apparently, that was not the case. This continuation picks up five years later, and we find R.J. and Chris in different places in their lives. R.J. came to terms with his sexuality and moved from Idaho to Washington to lead a full life. He finds what he believes is love and starts to live a regular life, holding an editor job and even writing books.
Chris, on the other hand, never came to terms with his sexuality. He went through conversion therapy, which led him to get married to a beautiful woman, both of whom had a daughter. He lives what is supposed to be the perfect life based on what he's learned from childhood and what's he's been inculcated with by his religion. He does everything right.
The death of a mutual friend brings them back to Portland, which was the setting of the original movie. R.J. still loves Chris, but Chris rebuffs him at every turn, instead making it clear that he's straight, happily married, and a devoted father. They spend some awkward time with each other while in Portland, but they both return to their lives in their respective cities. But it doesn't end there for R.J.
Here's my breakdown of the movie on a few levels:
For a low-budget movie with no-name actors, the acting was good. At the least, everyone--with the exception of Chris's mother--struck me as believable. Between the lovebirds, Chris is a much better actor. In contrast to the first movie, he's intense, guarded this time around. He's struggling against sexual predispositions, and you can tell it in his eyes. He comes off as cold and unfeeling except when interacting with his family. But in moments of weakness, his heart aches for R.J., and you can tell it by his expressions and gestures. There is a memorable scene in which he leaves R.J. to go to his room, sits down on his bed, and starts to cry because of the yearning and ache he clearly feels for R.J. even after five years and a perfect marriage.
R.J. is capable, but he could use some acting help. He comes off as stiff, but not because his character should be that way; it seems that he as an actor is stiff and stale. In the first movie, it was noticeable, but at least it worked for what he was trying to portray: the good little Mormon boy who operated in the sandbox, never to have deviated. For the sequel, it doesn't work well. He's freer now, more willing to explore everything in life. He dresses in a contemporary fashion. The stale acting doesn't work. It doesn't fully take away from his credibility; it just makes it a little harder to follow him. I will say, though, he does brighten up when in scenes with Chris's character.
Even though she wasn't a main character, I do want to highlight Chris's wife. She has some moments of incredulity, though this could be related to the fact that she's a clueless Mormon wife willing to do anything to keep her husband satisfied, but she strikes me as a capable actor. You can really see her shine when she discovers that Chris is in a tryst with R.J. Her begging Chris to remain with his family, to not abandon her and their daughter, to keep everything in the status quo was heartbreaking. You really feel the betrayal.
It's a bit trite. You can go on Netflix and find several Mormon-coming-of-age-by-discovering-what's-really-fun-in-life type of movies. And it's always the same: two white guys, a mammoth worth of pent-up sexual emotions, "Happy Days"-like hairstyles, and laughable bible verses coming out of their mouths every other sentence. The last movie covered that pretty well, but we only get a portion of it in this iteration; it's primarily through Chris and his family.
There are deviations, however. We have R.J. who gives the impression of being obsessed with Chris, but it doesn't come off as creepy. Instead, it comes off as incredibly sad and sweet at the same time. Here you have a fellow driving 900 miles just to see the same person who rejected him two weeks before at the funeral of their mutual friend. He's desperate without seeming desolate. He's hopeful without seeming deluded.
On the one hand, it's clear that this is a low-budget movie. There aren't loud explosions or scenes full of people in flying through the air while kung fu fighting. You don't see a sea full of zombies swarming the land. There are no superheroes blasting their way through the enemies. It's just two decent-looking guys, a drab city (Salt Lake City), and a cast of regular-looking supporting actors. Throw in a cheap motel where R.J. stays, and you get to understand why the director has to rely on other aspects to carry this movie to fruition.
He does this capably, though not perfectly. He properly leans on the actors to move each scene through, allowing people to focus on their intensity with each other as well as on their struggles against their own internal emotions. It really takes the focus away from the production quality. In a few cases, he actually uses the fact of a low budget to his advantage, namely with the cheap, dirty motel where R.J. chooses to stay while visiting Salt Lake City. Putting aside that the producers likely couldn't afford anything better, you wouldn't want him staying in a four-star hotel. He doesn't have the salary for it, but it would also detract for the somber attitude (about not being able to be with Chris) that he needs to have to be convincing.
If you can forgive the plodding sometimes, you'll find that this movie is excellent for being low-budget. The focus is on the feelings between the protagonists, the internal war between them, the fight against their deep-seated religious beliefs, confusion about where they stand in life if they choose to abandon everything that they've learned from their religion. There isn't a neat dénouement, but it's pretty clear what happens after the movie ends. I definitely recommend giving the movie your attention.