I saw this film tonight at the 2009 Melbourne Queer Film Festival and although it felt a little uneven, it certainly struck some emotional chords.
The key words for this film are 'slow', 'restrained' and 'unresolved'. Don't expect florid outbursts of emotion, it's all bubbling under the surface and in one case, perhaps deliberately kept on a slow burn for the past 16 years. Maria d'Aires performance was particularly good. Sometimes this slow pace works beautifully, but sometimes it also annoyed me a little.
I think I was expecting it all to be wrapped up when the film finished and maybe this is why the ending seemed a little sudden to me. However, *some* things were resolved and the more I think about it the more this mix adds a lot to the film's credibility. When do we ever see it all resolved in real life?
If your coming out to your father was smooth and easy, if you've never experienced a suicide, if your family expresses emotion often and easily, you'll probably not be as affected by this movie as me, but I think it's still worth a look.
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