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Reminiscent of indie hit Weekend, IN BLOOM is the most realistic depiction of a gay relationship to come out of the US in some time. This witty, intelligent, painfully honest tale is set during one hot Chicago Summer, where two young men fall in love. Add the foreboding threat of a killer on the loose, and this incredibly rich and rewarding film becomes unmissable. Kurt and Paul seem very solid and in love, living large in their home city of Chicago, thanks in part to Kurts successful pot-dealing business. Everything is going their way. But when a sexy young customer makes a play for Kurt, subtle fissures in their relationship and an unsatisfied longing for what they dont have are exposed, threatening their relationship, and possibly their lives.
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It's interesting that here is a film that is not HIV related, homophobic, about the dire consequences of coming out, losing your family because you came out, or any number of "tragic" things that so many other gay-oriented films are all about.
Its a movie about two average guys in a relationship in their early 20s,and how the relationship goes sour and why. Unfortunately, the viewer can see the future for these two men at,say, 45 years old. Kurt is a young man with a serious drug ,smoking, and alcohol addiction. Paul is a person well on the verge of significant depression and lasting hostility. How they handle their relationship now gives the viewer a pretty good idea of what they will be like later on in life.
Kurt, would probably have a much more serious addiction problem, with wasted potential, and his boyish looks gone. Paul would be going from one bad relationship to another because he is so skeptical of love after the relationship ended with Kurt, and he is afraid to let himself love. Usually in this situation, the person seems to re meet the same type of person in another body as they go on in life ,with the outcome of the relationship failing like the one did with Kurt.
Even with all that said, the film is presented in a very well-constructed and thoughtful way, the actors, who are new to the industry are naturals, and the whole cast is great. You can always tell when a movie is good, when it doesn't appear that the actors are acting. Bravo to everyone in the film.
Would highly recommend this film to anyone looking for a thought-provoking intelligent film about modern gay relationships.
The title of the film is appropriate on two levels--first, it goes into a flashback of when Kurt and Paul were "in bloom" from the first spark of attraction; the viewer then sees the gradual fading of the relationship as time goes on. Then at the end, we see the budding rose in Kurt's drink being focused, as the two are sitting on the sofa--a Kurt more matured actually working a legal job although he doesn't like it, and a Paul who is finally willing to communicate with him. We don't know if the two will ever get back together as they had been, or if they will become just good friends--but that is indeed part of the growing up process many of us go thru in any relationship.
There are a few noteworthy things brought out in the film--Paul's working colleague at the grocery is an interesting character. Extremely shy to a point of being socially debilitating, we see him struggle just to invite Paul to his birthday party. We see an emotionally handicapped guy struggling with his sexual identity who would find life just as challenging if he were straight. We see a situation of unrequited love between him and Paul who shuns away from his kiss at his party. Then, we see pointed out by Kurt's roommate and his girlfriend the situation of endless education debt that lead so many to engage in selling weed and other illicit substances. So many youth at the university are barely able to be there, and so many who should be there cannot due to absent financial resources. These side items helped make this film feel complete with universal messages.
I give this film 5 stars. In Bloom is worth seeing for all audiences. Well-done!
A true real view. To put it simply, this is what their life is. I'm sure there are many others out there who could compare this relationship to their own in so many ways. I like how this film just tells it like it is, gives it a very real (warm) perception. A great honest film I have much respect for.
The music used in this film is very good also(Joywave). After watching I feel obligated to seek out the music used. Good stuff!
Strong recommendation to check this film out, it's a good one.
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It is nice to see a gay movie with a hopeful ending if not a happy one.