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House of Boys (Director's Cut) (2009)

Layke Anderson , Benn Northover , Jean-Claude Schlim  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Layke Anderson, Benn Northover, Udo Kier
  • Directors: Jean-Claude Schlim
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures, QC Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007L6JQ3S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,788 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS THE UNRATED DIRECTOR'S CUT.

In Amsterdam in 1984, punks and youthful drifters could find a glamorous fantasy world among the city s late night dance clubs and cabarets. It s this promise of adventure and opportunity that attracts Frank, a high school aged runaway from Luxembourg who s recently come out of the closet. Thanks to his good looks, he soon earns a place at the House of Boys, a cabaret that s famous for it s troupe of male dancers, its extravagant performances, and its eccentric Madame (Udo Kier). But, as Frank finds friendship and explores his passion for music and performing, news of a mysterious gay cancer puts a dark cloud over his newfound sense of freedom.

This colorful coming-of-age story captures the excess, optimism and, ultimately, devastation of the 1980s as the early AIDS crisis swept across the world. Featuring a soundtrack full of rock-and-roll hits and a cast of rising young stars, House of Boys is a stylish drama told with compassion and bittersweet nostalgia.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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Frank is a gay teen who runs away from his repressive parents in Luxembourg, in order to live his life in the hedonistic, drugs-and-sex fueled nightlife of 1984 Amsterdam. He finds work at the House of Boys, a notorious private gay show club/bordello run by the strict Madame, a drag queen. Frank immediately develops a crush on Jake, his roommate in the club's dorm, who makes it clear that he is straight and has a girlfriend. Of course, being in this line of work suggests Jake is open to other possibilities, and the boys eventually become very close ... too close, according to Madame, who feels it may be bad for business. But the real villain here turns out to be AIDS, then called "gay cancer" in the media, which eventually impacts heavily on their lives.

A look at the movie poster or DVD cover, or even most of the trailer, could lead you to believe this is just another fluff film about go-go boys playing their customers and each other. It is much more than that, actually a well-crafted coming-of-age drama that is also a nostalgic look back at the attitudes and music of the eighties.

Most of all, it is a riveting look back at the early days of the AIDS epidemic, with news clips and talk of the early misconceptions of the disease, and how it affected diverse groups of people. It is obviously sad, but realistic in its portrayal of what actually went on, something that we need never to forget. It also reinforces the concept of "family" as being something you are not necessarily born into, and how one should never let go of your dreams. The story is cohesive and well presented, technically excellent, with acting that is mostly very good. Overall, it rivals "Longtime Companion" and similar films built around the epidemic, although AIDS is not the main focus in this one.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovering Love: A story and a history April 15, 2012
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Some viewers, unfortunately, will pass on this film as the cover of the DVD makes it appear to be a gay sexploitation waste of time. It is anything but that. Written and directed by Jean-Claude Schlim (with assistance from Christian Thiry and Robert David Graham) this is one of the finest films about the early days of the AIDS pandemic and long with `Longtime Companion' is probably one of the more important films for the public to understand the inception of the disease that still hovers darkly over the globe. The cast is rich in talent and the method of unfolding the story is superb.

In opening credits we see an apparent carefree young lad running through sunlit cornfields - perhaps reference the path to Oz: where that goes is revealed at the end of the film. It is 1984 and a gay high school lad Frank (Layke Anderson) escapes his rigid parents by moving to Amsterdam where he lands a job as a bar boy in a gay dance club, the House of Boys run by a man referred to as Madame (Ugo Kier) who keeps everyone in tow as well as performing in drag on stage. Frank is assigned a room with a straight boy Jake (Benn Northover) who is the club's most popular dancer and who makes considerable money participating in passive physical gratification for the gentlemen who frequent the club. Jake has a girlfriend who sneaks in through the window of their room at night for trysts with Jake: Frank must then move in with transgender Angelo (Steven Webb) and raunchy mohawked dancer Herman (Oliver Hoare) for the night. Frank is talented and wants to leave his job at the bar where he assists the gentle lovely Emma (Eleanor David) and become a dancer. In the meantime Frank has fallen in love with the unattainable straight Jake but the two become close friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Discovering Love - the good, the bad, and the ugly April 14, 2012
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Some viewers, unfortunately, will pass on this film as the cover of the DVD makes it appear to be a gay sexploitation waste of time. It is anything but that. Written and directed by Jean-Claude Schlim (with assistance from Christian Thiry and Robert David Graham) this is one of the finest films about the early days of the AIDS pandemic and long with `Longtime Companion' is probably one of the more important films for the public to understand the inception of the disease that still hovers darkly over the globe. The cast is rich in talent and the method of unfolding the story is superb.

In opening credits we see an apparent carefree young lad running through sunlit cornfields - perhaps reference the path to Oz: where that goes is revealed at the end of the film. It is 1984 and a gay high school lad Frank (Layke Anderson) escapes his rigid parents by moving to Amsterdam where he lands a job as a bar boy in a gay dance club, the House of Boys run by a man referred to as Madame (Ugo Kier) who keeps everyone in tow as well as performing in drag on stage. Frank is assigned a room with a straight boy Jake 9Benn Northover) who is the club's most popular dancer and who makes considerable money participating in passive physical gratification for the gentlemen who frequent the club. Jake has a girlfriend who sneaks in through the window of their room at night for trysts with Jake: Frank must then move in with transgender Angelo (Steven Webb) and raunchy mohawked dancer Herman (Oliver Hoare) for the night. Frank is talented and wants to leave his job at the bar where he assists the gentle lovely Emma (Eleanor David) and become a dancer. In the meantime Frank has fallen in love with the unattainable straight Jake but the two become close friends.
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