You Are Not Alone
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Kim (Peter Bjerg) is a young prepuberal youth living with his parents: his father (Ove Sprogøe) is headmaster of a boys' school and his mother (Elin Reimer) is in line with the father's hardline standards. Though not a student in the school, Kim does associate with the young high school age boys and finds one lad in particular, Bo (Anders Agensø), a role model who shows concern for Kim and with whom Kim bonds, emotionally and eventually physically. The manner in which this occurs is never acted out but merely suggested in the most discreet and beautiful way. But we watch as this bond develops more strongly, with each of the boys nascent to the situation in which they find themselves.
The classmates are a varied group - normal kids in a normal school situation - until one of the boys Ole (Ole Meyer), who is somewhat of a trouble-maker, posts magazine pictures of nude women in his dorm room. Reprimanded by the headmaster he is put on probation and when he ultimately posts the contraband pictures in the dorm restroom, he is threatened with expulsion.Read more ›
Though most of the movie follows Kim and Bo. The shower scene with Bo and Kim is a favorite for me as is the final scene with them french kissing, I like this because I know very few American film makers would touch the subject let alone have a nude scene. It is my favorite coming of age movie or gay youth movie. Watch with an open mind and enjoy. The closing scene is very passionate, lots of kissing and hugging, just the thing to make the conservative anti gay crowd reel. I love it.
Is it a little too "erotic" for American sensibilities? Maybe, but those who are realistic about sexual experimentation will not have any problems with the very tastefully suggestive depictions of that. The young actors, male and female, are charming and convincing.
And there are brief adventures of the kind that typically occur in boarding schools and novels or films about them. But they are done
well and also reveal something of a "European" view of how various crises and problems in this kind of setting might be handled.
Grady Harp's review is right on target. The two protagonists, Kim and Bo, represent not necessarily gay kids, but any kids who are lonely, confused, alienated, and yearning for love and acceptance. They could be "geeks" or any other minority. And the depictions of "bullying" in schools and other settings, in a film from over twenty-five years ago, are eerily prescient.
But there are also many scenes of understanding and solidarity among the kids that are heart-warming. The final scene is really moving, especially when you understand that the whole school is behind it.
It's too bad that the DVD release does not offer many "extras", but it's a bargain.
I even like the "pop" music.
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The personal is the political here, with a vengeance. A souvenir of the Gay Liberation era, chock full of adolescent eye candy, you can't miss the double meaning of the title:... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Roochak
Well acted and fun to watch coming of age film. I think there should have been more development about the relationship between the two boys and more self exploration would have... Read morePublished 2 months ago by a
You Are Not Alone is a good movie, but do not recommend purchasing it. Seems that all the DVDs are defective, freezing out the last parts of the film. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dana Skolfield
I should have read more about this film. It was basically child porn, I thought it would be some sort of coming of age love story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark S
I don't know what it was about this movie that caught me, but something did. I really like this movie! I have watched it twice already!Published 5 months ago by Michael Webb
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