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Product Description

A group of old friends rent a magnificent Italian seaside villa to spend the summer together. Their happy reunion changes, however, when Shary and Diego s son shows up. Amazingly handsome, David (real-life Armani model Thyago Alves) attracts everyone s attention. Even happily married psychiatrist Matteo (Massimo Poggio) finds himself drawn to the young man, although he carefully hides this from his wife (Maria de Medeiros). Soon a dangerous tension builds up, although the friends pretend nothing is wrong. Before it ends, this vacation will indelibly mark all of their lives.


Official Selection: Venice Int'l Film Festival

Five (out of five) - Engrossing journey heightened by beautiful cinematography, breathtaking score and stellar performances. Miami GLBT Film Festival

Sweeping and operatic . . . gorgeous to look and listen to . . . artistically triumphant. New York Cool --Wolfe

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  • Actors: Thyago Alves, Massimo Poggio
  • Directors: Marco Filiberti
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040BJH2M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,717 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "David's Birthday" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Very Good acting and Plot.
Richard Goenaga
It was one of those movies I kept hoping would get better, so I watched the whole way through, but it just didn't do it for me.
The over-the-top emotions may strike one as excessive, but the passion of the film is nevertheless appealing.
Lost in Vegas

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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 12, 2010
Format: DVD
It is no coincidence that we are introduced to the music of Tristan and Isolde at the beginning of this film. For just like the love triangle in the opera, we are introduced to the characters who will ultimately draw us into a most spectacular but deadly summer vacation at the Italian riviera.

We are introduced to two cosmopolitan, middle aged couples who are going to share a house at the beach for the summer. On the surface it appears like they are all rock solidly loving couples, however each person holds secrets, lusts and pent up frustrations; which we slowly glimpse as the film progresses.

Truly, it is melodrama on a grand scale... hidden in subtle ways through out the picture. Constantly I was amazed at how the actors played characters whose passions are just hidden beneath the surface, bubbling and just waiting to explode. You can draw many character parallels to Visconte's "Death in Venice" though I would not go so far as to say this film is of the same calibre. However, the lushness and the drama is there. I was drawn in and too late did I realize that I too was on the same path as the characters, hurtling towards an cataclysmic ending. Truly, you feel as if you are a guest at this vacation house and you are seeing what the camera observes, ala Robert Altman.

It was my good fortune to see it at the Philadelphia Qfest this past summer on the big screen. Watching this film in its proper setting allows one to be swallowed into it. You can still appreciate what the director was doing as you watch the dvd. If you can appreciate Wagnerian drama, you will love this film.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By JUST A REVIEWER2 on November 18, 2010
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.......Boiling hot M/M sex scene at its end.....with full frontal added in. (But, what did you expect.....it's Italian)

What we have here is a lush surroundings showcase for one very "hot bod".....in the form of title character, David (tall, dark, first-timer, Thyago Alves). And as the one bedeviled and bedazzled by this youthful sex god, we're given family man, Matteo (Massimo Poggio), a psychiatrist by trade, and a man who much of the first two-thirds of the film goes out of its way to show as being scholarly but, even more so, soulful.

This is a production much like the then well known 1950s era, Douglas Sirk directed, lush and weepy melodramas (see "Magnificent Obsession" or "All That Heaven Allows"). For a more current approach to this genre, see the Todd Haynes written/directed work, and Dennis Quaid's one foray into homosexuality: "Far From Heaven" (2002).

"David's Birthday" is also what I refer to as a "fadeaway movie," meaning it's something more usually seen from the 1940s through '70s. You know how those went; when anything sexual might begin to transpire, there was always a quick fadeaway to the next scene. For examples of that in this film, consider the following: Putting yourself into the position of a young and gorgeous Calvin Klein-type underwear model (David), you take this still hunky, but older, married man (Matteo) for a Vespa scooter ride.....his unhelmeted head winds up resting softly against your back, his arms clasped tightly around your body. And then nothing further happens for days.......UNTIL a night on the beach, when this young Adonis emerges from a moonlit swim and approaches his walking-on-the-beach "enraptured soul".....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul M, on December 19, 2013
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As another reviewer here pointed out, it's appropriate for the movie's opening scenes to show us the performance of Tristan & Isolde. Not only does it establish the theme of love the movie will explore, but it also sets the ground rules for the film's tone: melodrama. When looked at this way, it's easy to accept the film and many of the performances on those terms, particularly Poggio as Matteo. His story is mostly well-told, and it's a familiar character study and emotional territory for anyone who's seen a few gay films--it's worthy of exploration and doesn't seem overdone here.

It should be noted there is a lot of subtlety in the film to keep it from becoming an over-the-top mess. The relationships among the adults is generally handled with a light touch, such as the others' frustration with Matteo's intellectual pretentiousness.

The faults I find with the movie are the seemingly stray subplots. Why is Leonard in the film? Is he there only to serve a warning to Matteo, albeit an underdeveloped warning? What about Giuliana? While the revelation of the truth behind her lies is informative of her character, the implication for Matteo's journey isn't apparent. Likewise, Francesca's breakdown on the beach. We don't really learn why her reaction to the (unknown) drowned girl is so strong. Finally, what kind of relationship does David have with Leonard? Is it more than friend/fun uncle/surrogate father? The look the two share near the end may imply something, but it's unclear. The script leaves too many of these stray storytelling elements unexplained.

Despite the issues I've pointed out, the film is worth watching.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Arneblaze on September 1, 2011
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This is good little drama about passion destroying a family - same theme as another gorgeous Italian film this year, I AM LOVE. This involves a happily married psychiatrist, Matteo, an intellectual, who falls in love with his best friends' son. Last seen when he was 9 years old, David is now a drop dead gorgeous model and Matteo's passion overwhelms him.

Use is made of Wagner's music to TRISTAN UND ISOLDE and the theme is the backdrop of the film's narrative. Massimo Poggio as Matteo is quite fine, using his extremely expressive face to register every shade of an all-encompassing and ever growing passion. Thyago Alves as David doesn't have much to do but stand around in speedos and look gorgeous - not much evidence of any acting talent here, but it is not much missed.

Tragic ending, as in I AM LOVE, but at least the latter ended on a note of hope. This one ends in unresolved despair. Worth seeing for Poggio's performance.

Filiberti shows more restraint as a director and writer than he did with his uneven DIARY OF A PORN STAR and he at least had the good taste NOT to cast himself in the film. His personality is an acquired taste.
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