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The Boy With the Sun in His Eyes (2009)

Tim Swain , Mahogany Reynolds , Todd Verow  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Tim Swain, Mahogany Reynolds, and Josh Ubaldi
  • Directors: Todd Verow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002U1LGSM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,635 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Boy With the Sun in His Eyes" on IMDb

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A Euro inspired thriller... --Southern Voice

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Kevin's funeral rockets John into the orbit of the flamboyant Solange, a b-movie actress/one hit wonder best known in Europe for her roles in 80's Italian horror movies. As John follows her into heady whirlwind romances with cute French pop stars and deadly (but hot!) Milanese model managers, they barely survive murderous performance artists in Paris and fatal gourmet food poisonings in Italy. John begins to realize that Solange's world is far more complex and dangerous than he could possibly have imagined. Her chosen lifestyle abounds with trips, tricks and traps.
Based on the novel by James Derek Dwyer, Todd Verow's THE BOY WITH THE SUN IN HIS EYES is a sexy-smart, absurd comedy, poverty-jetset homage to 80's cinema featuring new music by Sally Shapiro, Ben Onono, Plateau Repas, Paramo, Team Plastique, Colin Owens and William Bottin.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A headlong plunge into drama! December 4, 2009
This review is by Gregg Shapiro

Nothing could prepare John (Tim
Swain) for the changes that would occur in his
life following the death of childhood friend Kevin
(Josh Ubaldi). Shortly before Kevin's passing,
John accuses him of never telling him the beginning
or ending of a story. Rather it's "always a
headlong plunge into drama." Little does John
know that he's about to take a similar plunge after
he meets the mysterious Solange (Mahogany
Reynolds), a B-movie actress in low-budget Italian
horror films, at Kevin's funeral. Within minutes
of meeting him, Solange offers John a job
as a production/personal assistant for "The Untourist
Guide," a food/lifestyle magazine/show
she is planning to do in Europe. Before you can
say "passport," John quits his boring cubicle
job in Boston and relocates to Paris with Solange.
Todd Verow's film, based on the novel by
Jim Dwyer (who also wrote the screenplay for
Verow's controversial movie version of Dennis
Cooper's "Frisk"), makes good use of the European
locations. Verow also elicits honest performances
from his lead actors, brightening the
dark subject matter.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BOY WITH THE SUN IN HIS EYES review by Gary Kramer December 4, 2009
The Boy with the Sun in His Eyes By Gary Kramer
Published: December 3, 2009

Tim Swain (right/back) in bed with a lover

Enfant terrible Todd Verow moves in a radical new direction with his latest diversion, The Boy with the Sun in His Eyes, now available on DVD. This intense and erotic film is an entertaining globe-hopping thriller. Yet it still shares the intense self-discovery that marks the best of the filmmaker's previous work.

John (Tim Swain, from Verow's Between Something and Nothing) meets Solange (Mahogany Reynolds) at the funeral of their mutual friend Kevin (Josh Ubaldi), who committed suicide. While they talk about how well they know someone (read: how little John knows himself), Solange hires John as a personal assistant for a European TV program she's hoping to host. Wanting both direction and love in his life, John follows this possibly untrustworthy woman to Paris, Milan and Berlin where he has a series of affairs with handsome but possibly untrustworthy guys.

It would spoil the plot to reveal how things get hinky, but suffice it to say, they do. Verow shoots the low-budget The Boy with the Sun in His Eyes on DV, which gives this striking film its intimacy. There are many close-ups of the characters--especially during the numerous sex scenes.

Verow imbues the film with a distinctive atmosphere by deliberately not making a European travelogue. Although there are a few street scenes, most of the action takes place in the nightclubs, restaurants, and bedrooms where John and Solange spend most of their time. This spare style suits the film. Unlike his prior "mood" pieces, this plot-driven drama nicely builds its narrative tension.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Why January 24, 2010
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I guess I am still wondering why even bother to make a film like this. Except for the characters running around Europe and seeing the main character jumping into bed with a new man at every stop I haven't figured out why I would have bought this movie and why anyone would get anything out of it by watching. I guess it might be me but I have seen many more movies that are so much better then this one. I think it was a waste of my time and money.
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