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Blue Citrus Hearts 2011

NR CC
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2.9 out of 5 stars (68) IMDb 5.4/10

Sam and Julian are high school best friends full of vibrant teen angst. This is their bittersweet tale of moving poetry and the unique experience of boy love in Memphis. Sam�۪s struggle against an abusive father, his oblivious girlfriend, and thoughts of suicide clash while his affection deepens for Julian.

Starring:
Joshua Peter Laurenzi, Paul Foster
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Morgan Jon Fox
Starring Joshua Peter Laurenzi, Paul Foster
Supporting actors Alex Booth, Caroline Fourmy, William Taylor Woods, Brandon Croft, Jason Booth, Lee Ann Roberts, Mark Pergolizzi, Emily Fry, Chirelle Jefferson, John Malloy, Paulette Regan, Helen Bowman, Lisa Jones, Gordon Ginsberg, Cristina Mendoza, Mary Burns, Lil Brandon, Suzi Crashcourse
Studio Ariztical Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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A Kid's Review on December 17, 2004
Format: DVD
This is a movie my brother had given to my parents becuase he saw it and I am gay, and my parents are mean about anything they do not understand. They actaully watched the movie blue citrus hearts and enjoyed it because I think it wasn't the same ole thing and it had a more human feel to it. In some ways, i think that this movie has helped my entire life. I reccommend it for anyone who would want someone to see what's it's like to be gay, to help open their minds.
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Format: DVD
Despite the very low budget, this film really has a lot to say. Paul Foster is great here. His portrayal is heartbreaking and so real. And after a while, I saw how attractive he is because of his inner beauty and killer smile... I think this film had so much heart and deep characters. It really was done with loving care. The film ended a bit too quickly but I am going to give this 5 stars anyhow. Please, before you watch this, do not judge the film by the low budget. Try and overlook the low budget and enjoy what the director was able to accomplish here. I really love this little film. Some parts of it broke my heart seeing how much love was here..
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Format: DVD
With some movies the modest ambition is to entertain. Others seek to expose and enlighten. It is the latter category into which "Blue Citrus Hearts" fits -- a simple film about life in America told with passion and elegance.

Sam and Julian are two boys who, within the high school caste system, fall somewhere between the nerds and the losers. Sam has an abusive father and a cold-hearted mother; Julian's parent is a single mom who nonetheless provides him with an abundance of love. Both have girlfriends and neither has a job. Sam writes in a journal he will not let anyone see and hopes to take guitar lessons. Julian haunts coffee shops and daydreams.

Yet both have come to realize something is missing from their lives, and this sense of loss is diminished only when they are together. Will either have the courage to admit their love for one another, or the strength to overcome the consequences of that love in a disapproving world?

The genius of "Blue Citrus Hearts" is that the filmmakers used every aspect of the storytelling to support the gritty and unpolished nature of the story itself. The film was shot with a digital camera using ambient lighting. The sound is choppy and harsh. Camera angles and shots lack the slick sophistication of a Hollywood production. The script speaks in a language we all know and speak ourselves. Acting is dead-on.

It is a skillful intersection of cinema verite and 21st century technology.

"Blue Citrus Hearts" makes another important statement, too -- that in 2005 it is still not OK to be gay.
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Caveat: Anyone needing a blockbuster with a budget and great effects need look elsewhere. What this is a slowly paced, heartfelt, honest little movie that has, if one allows it to, the power to move you profoundly. There is a sometimes arthouse pretentiousness that is not inappropriate here, which in fact reveals the deceptively simple story as the myriad of complex emotional issues that as the film's base.

The story of two teenage boys in Memphis - from extraordinarily opposite homes, finding their way through friendship and sexuality while dealing with the complexities of highschool, teenage romance, angst, fitting in, the desire for popularity and the odd desire of wanting to be misunderstood and alone.

Joshua Peter Laurenzi (Sam) and Paul Foster (Julian) are outstanding as the "heros" of the story; unremarkable, ordinary boys learning to cope with emotions they fear and possibly can't understand.

Director Jon Fox strikes the right balance, lights the film beautifully, at times allowing primary colors to wash over the entire screen. Another nice touch is having the poetry to flow across the screen (I'm assuming Sam's) adding a rich layer of emotion to an already overwhelming experience.

I've read many negative criticisms here (and elsewhere) so I suppose this is one of those no-budget indies that speaks strongly to some while others can't seem to find its remarkable heart. A beautiful experience for those willing to look past its obvious limitations.
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Listen up! Watch this movie! Make a friend watch this movie!

I am a gay man, and if you are anything like me, you are constantly in search of that ellusive thing called Good Gay Cinema. LGBT movies are a fairly small genre and not often watched by people outside of the LGBT community. Because of this much of what gets made is low budget and of poor quality. I have suffered through many a poorly written, acted, or filmed movie for the sake of solidarity, lending support, and seeing something to which I can actually relate. Much of what gets made is a fantasy or all about sex or streamlined and sanitized to make them "palatable" for a larger audience. This Is Not One Of Those Films!

This may well be the truest film about a teen coming to terms with his sexuality that I have ever seen. Shot in a very realistic style, this little film has a lot to say. It doesn't say it however; it flat out shows you. This is definitly "slice of life" at its best. The acting is superb for it genre, and I have absolutely no trouble believing that every shot and scene included in this film was intentional. If your looking for a film to watch, this is the real deal.

You might think it starts too slow at first or be put off by the camera work before you realize that it is 100 percent intentional instead of being the product of amateurs. Don't let it fool you. This movie is a work of art with a very organic flow. Give yourself about ten minutes to get the idea and feel of the film, and you will find yourself watching with ease and appreciation.

Many are always looking for that film that they can share with a straight friend or family member in order to spread a little understanding. This is a film to consider for that purpose.
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