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Seeing Heaven (2010)

Anthony Styles , Nic Gilder , Ian Powell  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Styles, Nic Gilder, Israel Cassol
  • Directors: Ian Powell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: QC Cinema, Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00488YCOA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,064 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Deleted Scenes
Behind the Scenes Video Diary
Cast & Crew Interviews

Editorial Reviews


The summer of 2010 will be remembered as initiating the renaissance of lesbian cinema, especially with the mainstream lesbian Brokeback, The Kids are All Right, opening this July to unanimous approval from critics as well as both general and LGBT-friendly audiences. One of the most promising films hitting this year s circuit is the documentary Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement. The documentary offers an intimate lens into the lives of Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer, who have been together for over forty years, and who, after a very long engagement spanning most of that duration, were finally able to marry in Toronto in 2008. The film begins with an aged Edie and Thea commenting upon photographic stills that are being projected onto a wall in their home. The images consist of their collective travels around the world, from New York to Venice, from the Hamptons to a small little African village, in a manner that intimates how much, and how extensively, the two have lived together, through time and around the globe. The images Edie on the beach in her pink bikini, seemingly straight out of a mid-century Vogue; black and white portraits of Thea that frame her beautiful jaw-line and very sexy eyebrows are glamorous and offer an intimacy into the history of their partnership. The overarching theme of a very long engagement shapes the narrative form of the documentary, whereby the two are determined to marry, even though Thea s MS has become increasingly debilitating in her advanced age. Regardless of the fact that she has been in a wheelchair since her mid-20s, Thea takes immense pleasure in dancing with Edie. Echoing the traditional emphasis placed on the first dance, and on dancing at a marriage reception in general, the two speak gleefully at length about how much they have always loved to dance together so much so that, during one of their first dances, they danced so long together that Edie had holes in the bottom of her stockings by the end of the night. Devoid of an overbearing, politically correct agenda, Edie and Thea is a love story that transcends politics, cultures, and identities. Sure, they reminisce about experiencing pre-Stonewall New York, and there are brief scenes that skim the surface of their work on behalf of civil rights throughout the decades. But, at its heart, this film is about creating a life with another person and committing to that person fully, with all your body, mind and spirit in sickness, and in health. It s lovely, and heartwarming, and their love made me cry with joy just to think that this kind of life-long love is possible.

I don't know why I was drawn to Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement. A documentary about two old fuddy-duddy lesbians, the film seemed to promise the shock and awe of the oppressive '60s to someone who gasped at and thoroughly enjoyed Mad Men's lesbian scene. But Edie & Thea is so much more than that. You can blame the heightened levels of estrogen in the film's audience for your watering eyes, but the truth is that this film about a love that spans several decades is honest and heartfelt without being saccharine. Edie, who was present at the Frameline screening, was an absolute character (and still a bombshell in all her years). Both her and Thea's personalities had the audience in stitches as they shuffled through their memories from the years. Despite appearances otherwise, the focus here is the relationship rather than the history. You could say that Edie and Thea mated for life, having been together for 40 some odd years before Thea died earlier this year. Even though Thea started showing symptoms of MS at age 45, their love for dancing (and each other) never faltered. Their secret? Never let joy escape. Oh, and "keep it hot!," as Edie said Thea had put it.

Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer s very long engagement began back in 1965, at Greenwich Village restaurant Portofino... where all the lesbians went for dinner. They spent the whole night dancing and Edie wore a hole in her stockings. It was two years before they met again in the Hamptons and this time they didn t say goodnight at the end of the evening. Directors/producers Gréta Ólafsdóttir and Susan Muska with support from the Sundance Channel have crafted a truly poignant and inspiring film about love, engagement and commitment. Gentle and unobtrusive, Edie and Thea s story is told via their own conversations, against a photographic slide show from infancy, to the day they met and their marriage in 2007. Two soul mates that fell in love and danced with each other through four decades of work, life, loss and love and plenty of great sex, apparently! Lesbian life in Sixties New York was one lived firmly in the closet; meeting other women was often a clandestine affair in rough, Mafia-operated bars where police raids were common. It wasn t until the Stonewall riots stormed along Christopher Street in 1969, and into the public consciousness, that the gay rights movement was born. In addition to societal pressures, both Edie and Thea had families that were less than supportive of their choice to be together. Yet despite many obstacles, the couple made an enduring success of their relationship. Thea worked from home as a clinical psychologist, while Edie was a computer systems analyst at IBM. Both women were also committed to gay rights and regularly participated in protest marches. Even after Thea was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her mid-forties and soon confined to a wheelchair, they made their partnership work. It s the unspoken words that are the most moving. A touch, a look, a smile. A celebratory scene where the couple take the floor at the ESPA Hampton s Tea Dance says everything about their relationship. As Edie says: I didn t want a life without love . Acknowledging that time was not on their side, they decided to get married in Toronto in 2007 by Canada s first openly gay judge, Harvey Brownstone. Canada offers civil marriage to same sex couples without residency requirements. The wedding service footage brought me to tears. As Edie proclaims: Marriage represents the ultimate expression of love and commitment between two people. Everyone understands that! And the secret of their successful relationship? Clearly an enduring physical attraction, and a profound love and respect for each other. If I look at Edie now, she looks exactly the same to me, says Thea. This movie will touch your heart, whatever your gender or sexuality. Thank you Edie, Thea, Greta and Susan for making such a beautiful film. A love story that has helped me to understand the real meaning of engagement. And how richly rewarding and magical life can be when we open our hearts to fully give and receive love. As Edie so rightly says: Don t postpone joy.

Product Description

Lately, while male escort Paul (Alexander Bracq) turns tricks, he is haunted by visions involving his long-missing twin brother. Deciding that getting even more adventurous--and even reckless--with his sex life will strengthen his hallucinations and offer him clues as to his sibling's whereabouts, Paul amps up his risky behaviors...but will he soon be placing himself in terrible danger? Anthony Styles, Nic Gilder co-star. 106 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; behind-the-scenes footage; deleted scenes; interviews.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Striking psychological thriller November 1, 2010
"While searching for his twin brother, young escort Paul embarks on a dark and dangerous odyssey through the lurid netherworld of male prostitution and the porn movie industry. All the while he experiences bizarre nightmares and orgasmic visions - shared by his clients when they have sex with him - of a mysterious masked stranger who holds a morbid interest in him... Can Paul find his long lost twin and unlock the riddle of his perplexing visions before it's too late?

Ian Powell's atmospheric and provocative gay art-house horror unfolds as an increasingly nightmarish mystery filtered through the candy-coloured lens of Mario Bava. At the heart of Seeing Heaven pumps an intriguing mystery involving the search for a twin brother through a bizarre dream world that seemingly exists in reflections and can be fleetingly glimpsed in mirrors and puddles by protagonist Paul (Alexander Bracq). It is revealed to him through his dreams and the intense visions he experiences when he orgasms. As an alluring male escort, he tends to orgasm quite a lot! Much in the same way that Cronenberg's Crash used its sex scenes as the main narrative thrust (sorry), so does Seeing Heaven. With each sexual encounter, Paul learns something else about Saul and catches a longer glance into the bizarre dreamscape his brother seems doomed to dwell in; thus gradually fuelling the mystery before the inevitable peeling away to reveal the truth. Powell takes his time getting to the reveal, opting for a slow-burn trawl through this moody, twilight world.

The cast provide restrained and measured performances that enhance the dream-like tone. Along the way Powell's script offers a plethora of ruminations on beauty, aesthetic value, the soul and escapism through art, flesh and sex. Lots of sex.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Psych Thriller October 31, 2010
Haunting story that really took me in at this year's Philly QFEST. Technically a psychological thriller I believe; the story had the feel to me of true fantasy/faery tale/dream world. Magnetic lead, luscious cinematography, and honest direction, not to mention a few particularly strong actors who I had never seen before made this one of the best at the festival. Sexy scenes and genuinely scary moments make this a film I'll definitely watch again at home and not alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame movie July 18, 2013
By Scotty
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This movie could have turned in to something really good. However it's preachy message about safe sex was absolutely ridiculous. It was more about drugging some one and rape. Wish I would have only rented instead of buying. Don't waste your time or money on this
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars strange January 18, 2012
watched this film a couple days ago, and maybe because i'm getting older, i found it strange and sometimes difficult to follow. i got the basic story, i think, the young man is looking for someone and has visions about it, but only while being screwed. luckily for him he's working in the porn industry. the visions were not done very well, mostly they were about him being chased by a man wearing an all white mask with 2 eye holes. i am a big scf-fi & fantasy fan, but this did not fill the bill. there is a fair amount of sex going on but you see mostly his face and his visions during the sex. i found the cast, most of whom were supposed to be rent boys, to be good looking, the picture quality was good, but the script was lacking. i'm not sorry i bought this movie, but you would do just as well to rent it.
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Paul is a beautiful young escort in the UK, who is searching for his long lost twin brother, Saul. When Paul is having sex with a client, he sometimes gets visions of his brother somewhere in danger, and the visions are more acute the more dangerous and enthusiastic the action is. When he gets an offer to do a "tasteful" porn film with a young director to whom he is referred, he senses a possible connection to his brother there, and goes for it, despite his initial misgivings about it. Paul is afraid about how dark and dangerous his encounters are getting, but feels this is the price he needs to pay to save his brother from whatever danger he is witnessing in his visions.

This is not an easy film to watch, not just because of the dark content, but also because of the quick shifts to scenes for seconds at a time, occasional mumbled dialogue, and - at first - an overall vibe that makes the film seem like a cross between a DeCoteau "boys in briefs" horror schlockfest and a softcore porn film. But stay with it, as the plot (such as it is) becomes clearer as the film goes on, and there is actually a significant amount of suspense surrounding the eventual solution. The camera loves newcomer Alexander Bracq, who shows significant talent in the tough lead role as Paul. DVD includes cast and crew interviews, deleted scenes and a video diary. Worth a look, at four stars out of five.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy handed and a long slog July 20, 2013
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There are so many flashbacks and fast cuts that I came to think I had seen the movie before. Perhaps I had and it made just as little impression as this time. In theory, it is about a porn director who wants to stop exploiting beautiful men. But in fact, it does just that. And the lead is handsome and rarely clothed. The movie at 1:46 is easily 1/3 too long with a dull repetitive screenplay and score.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could of been better
This film was a movie that I think could of been a lot better, had they not made appear to be a 2 hour public service announcement, regarding safe sex. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Jose A. Hewes
4.0 out of 5 stars Good looking guys
I like eye candy and that is why a give this such a high rating. If I were judging the acting this would be a 2 but the good looking guy category won me over.
Published 2 months ago by DON GOODSON
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
This movie is an awesome thriller about a call boy who is trying to find his twin brother and a better life for h
Published 4 months ago by Brett
1.0 out of 5 stars this was stupid
I think they may have put maybe $100 bucks making this movie and I couldn't get very interested into it at all it was hot but really boring .
Published 5 months ago by joseph garnett
1.0 out of 5 stars plain dribble
This film has some of the most God awful acting I've witnessed in a long time. Ever actor seemed to be high or sleepwalking. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cary Gottlieb
4.0 out of 5 stars a lot of fantasy but real good
very good and sexy film , actors are very good in playing there roll , and good looking to. is a very good film
Published 9 months ago by georg reithmayer
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, Boring, Boring
One of the most vapid gay theme movies I had ever seen. The storyline was mediocre and longwinded and never came to the point. The acting was really bad in some scenes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MATT JANTAN
3.0 out of 5 stars Monotonous
the premise of the story is good however it descends into a very boring repetitive story. I would look alsewhere.
Published 10 months ago by P. Hendrickson
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, and blurry
The movie was so so. Some of the plot just never was explained, it resolved the issue, but I found myself wondering still why the dream sequences could transmit to his sex... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Zace
3.0 out of 5 stars The story concept was intriguing but the acting by the young male lead...
I had seen the trailers for this film and was spurred to rent it. Unfortunately the film did not hold up. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Patsy Congdonchurch
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