10 November 2007 | yduric
'Cruising' felt like a very polite and soft film compared to this one
When William Friedkin directed 'Cruising'back in 1980, he put a disclaimer at the beginning of his film saying that it was no way intended to describe the gay community in its whole, but only part of it. (Probably in order to avoid hurting certain sensitivities, or maybe to avoid a law suit..) Anyway, his film, despite of having been labeled homophobic by some people, was much less one-dimensional and had a thousand times more substance that this French on-screen garbage, which does definitely not take such precautions: it pushes all the clichés to the extreme limit, and is definitely an insult to any viewer who has some brains. All the gay characters in this nonsense obscene caricature are uniformly depicted as a totally amoral and degenerate population: the director wants to give the impression that any of them is capable of the worse at any given time, postulating so the equation gay=potential murderer.There isn't the tiniest trace of any attempt to give this issue a balanced treatment. Of course, given this situation, it is definitely not difficult to guess how it ends, although I will not say it here... Act to this an absolutely awful acting, an over-dramatized music (probably to fill the lack of any coherent plot)and you can have THE perfect description of a total and premeditated bias, reinforced by the fact that it has been broadcast on prime-time, moreover on a public French TV-channel, this probably in order to 'educate' people the way the new right-wing French government wants them to be. To sum up, this is a pure waste of time for any even slightly educated person and a must-see for brainless homophobes.