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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Review: Gray Matters

I’ve spent today watching films and the first film is called Gray Matters. From the disc it looked like a typical romantic comedy starring Heather Graham. As it turned out, there was so much more to it.

 

An official synopsis for it (thanks to LoveFilm):

Gray (Heather Graham) and Sam (Thomas Cavanagh) are inseparable. They live together, take ballroom dancing classes, and jog in the park together. They’d make a very attractive couple were it not for the fact that they’re brother and sister. In a bright and beautiful version of Manhattan, where every day appears to be kissed with spring sunshine, Gray keeps herself busy hanging with Sam, working for an advertising agency, and attending kooky sessions with her flaky therapist, Sydney (Sissy Spacek). All is well, until brother Sam up and falls in love with the gorgeous zoologist, Charlie (Bridget Moynahan). Gray is happy for him, but panicked about how it will affect their relationship–particularly after Sam announces that he and Charlie are getting married. Gray does her best to cope and be supportive, but things take an unexpected turn when she suddenly finds herself sharing a drunken, passionate kiss with Charlie the night before the wedding. The next day, Charlie doesn’t even recall their embrace. But the kiss has opened up a whole new world for Gray. GRAY MATTERS is an ultra-light look at homosexuality and the challenges of coming out late in life. Graham’s cutely neurotic Gray comes off as a sort of lesbian Lucille Ball–silly, and without much substance. However, it is perhaps a positive sign for the gay rights movement that they now even have their own powder-puff rom-coms–the kind that seem ready-made for teen slumber parties. Alan Cumming and Molly Shannon lend a bit of comedic spark with their turns as Gray’s supportive, outspoken pals.

 

If you plan on watching the film and don’t want to know anything about it aside from the basic summary, then look away now.

I really loved the sound of this film from the beginning. I hadn’t read the synopsis properly so I wasn’t expecting Gray and Charlie to kiss. I did, however, feel that there was definite chemistry between them when they first met. I was kind of disappointed that Charlie was marrying Sam because I wanted Charlie and Gray to get together, even more so after their kiss! I was most disappointed with the fact that what I thought would be a love story about Gray and Charlie, ended instead with Gray accepting her sexuality and agreeing to a date with a woman from work.

 

Overall, I found the whole coming out/coming to terms with your sexuality as an adult storyline rather compelling because there’s so not always a lot out there about it. In soaps and TV dramas it’s so often the adults or at least late-teens discovering their sexuality. In reality though, many people don’t accept/discover their sexuality until later in life. I enjoyed the majority of the film, but I was a little disappointed that Gray/Charlie didn’t become something more than sisters-in-law.

 

Worth a watch!