“Summer of 85”–movie theatre review   Leave a comment

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(In French with subtitles)Just being a teenager is complex enough but to be the  new boy, Alex, in town, 16 and from a working class family, to fall in love with 18 year old David, a Jewish boy whose father recently died and left a thriving business to his wife and son, could drive him crazy.As Alex states he is in love with death and it is not a spoiler to say we find out why the picture opens with him handcuffed and being taken by a police officer through the hall of a police station.

“Summer of 85” touches on a lot of subjects and the two actors, Alex played by Felix LeFeb with Benjamin Voisin as David, deliver with both being completely different characters, from the point of their meeting ‘cute’ and their relationship from that point.

Most gay teenage movies bore me as I can’t/don’t identify with the leads because as a teenager coming out my life is completely different from theirs as shown in film. (I believe being raised in New York city and Miami Beach had a lot to do with that!) I identified with Alex as a boy who falls in love with everyone and anyone he meets/goes to bed with and David who enjoys flings but loses interest very quickly.)

The one hour and forty minute film held my interest but at the end I felt it should have been more moving  but then I didn’t write and/or direct the movie.

Posted July 20, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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