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The film opens with a pretty explicit credit sequence featuring sex between three gay 'bears' (the hairy, overweight type), but after that the sex quotient dies down to focus on the growing relationship between the protagonist and his 10-year-old nephew. This is the film's strongest aspect: the scenes between the gay man and his nephew ring true and make you care for the characters. Unfortunately, the filmmakers seem so intent in going against stereotype that the main character is given too much baggage to pull of convincingly as a full-fledged character, in spite of the best efforts of the actor. And the filmmakers really screwed things up at the end. Apparently they didn't know how to solve the conflict they set up, so they came up with a really unsatisfying conclusion. However, the first 2/3 of the film are great, its only during the last twenty to thirty minutes that the movie falls apart.
Its good to see a movie where none of the gay characters are obsessed with fashion and going to the gym. But the most interesting aspect of the movie is the film's take on gay parenting. While most U.S. gay media tries to present gay couples as essentially straight clones to convince people that they make good parents, this movie refuses to do that.Read more ›
Technically, this wasn't a movie about bears. In this movie, however and fortunately, bears are at the center. There is no bearphobia, unlike gay films such as "Parting Glances" and "Mishima: A Life in Four Acts." I must admit though that I was surprised that a man with a huge appendicitis scar was chosen as the lead. That just shows how European casting associates aren't afraid to pick actors that their American counterparts wouldn't touch.
Like so many recent gay productions, this is about how gays interact with straights, especially their straight relatives. Where "Ellen", "Kiss Me Guido", and John Goodman's bad sitcom failed, this movie succeeds. Unlike "The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca" and the universally-panned "The Next Best Thing," this film didn't cast gays to the side in order to push the heterosexual main narrative along either. The whole line about "being gay, but not just being gay" resonated here.
I guess in Spain that cliche about animals and child actors doesn't apply. The boy in this film was beating the hell out of this role. I hope he is nominated for Spain's Oscar or Cesar equivalent. Big props to him. Maybe he'll be the next Garcia Bernal, even though GB just stepped on the scene.
I'm a member of the "happy endings for homosexuals" club. It just broke my heart seeing the main character dump the bear pilot that wanted to be with him. I guess I'm so used to American films where the main character always has a devoted partner by the end of the film.Read more ›
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One of my favorite gay movies. The story is well done and touching. I definitely felt a connection to the characters. They feel real. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ricardo De La Torre
This is a heartwarming movie showing gay characters in a realistic story. This movie is more about family and personal growth , and it is great to see gay characters portrayed like... Read morePublished 9 months ago by J Eric Minchew
Excellent movie. Beautiful story. This movie is understated yet very effective at carrying its message of love to the masses.Published 20 months ago by Michael Flores
Very nice film .Touching and funny. A very intelligent and significative film with a beautiful story It's a pity the lack of the italian subtitlesPublished on January 29, 2014 by Martignoni Luca
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