Review: Wild Tigers I Have Known

I also watched a film called Wild Tigers I Have Known which was a little weird and unusual, but also rather interesting.


Synopsis (also from LoveFilm):

A lyrical telling of the coming of age of a 13-year-old boy who learns to cope with his newfound sexuality and his unrequited love for the cool kid in school.


Again, if you want to watch this without knowing anything about it, look away now.

I was rather confused about this film for, well, most of the film. It’s one of those films with very little background music which I find quite weird to watch, there’s an awkward feeling about them for me.


I thought it was going to be a clear cut, young boy realises he’s gay and has a crush on someone at school, type storyline, but it wasn’t. He might not even be gay. He did like to wear make up and even wore a wig at one point. So there’s obviously some gender confusion going on as well as confusion over whether he likes boys or not. Everyone at school has, of course, picked up on his less than straight vibes.


The weirdest part of this story for me was the mountain lions, they sometimes came on the school campus and near the end one appeared. It was rather odd.


There was a great secondary character in the boys sort of friend, who he ends up tricking into coming to a cave (where the mountain lions are supposed to live, but don’t) by posing as a girl on the phone. The lad comes to the cave hoping to have sex with her, but she turns out to be Logan, who (bless him) had the courage to say he could have sex with him.


I think it’s quite a poignant film that really highlights the struggle people come up against when they’re confused about their sexuality and gender. Add to that the implications of the school knowing something is up. He’s only young after all.


I’m not sure I would necessarily recommend the film, but if you like those slightly odd, artsy films, or films with a lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans theme maybe you’d like this.



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