When Jonas was 14 he met the charismatic but mysterious Nathan. In addition to guiding him in his sexuality, Jonas soon confronts something dark and even dangerous about his new friend. Now an attractive, sexually assured adult, memories still haunt him Trying frantically to put the missing pieces together, Jonas becomes determined to break the shackles of the past and finally set himself free.
This film is a gay coming of age story in more ways than one. It is the story of Jonas (an alternate title for this film) whose life is told simultaneously in both past time when a boy of 15, and in present time when a young man of 33. (This might take some getting used to at first and may be initially confusing.) After befriending a new and rather cocky boy of 16 named Nathan who appeared at his school out of the blue, Jonas's somewhat suppressed and unsure feelings begin to fully emerge. The two boys are drawn to each other due to Nathan's overt approaches and a genuine bond develops between them in every way. Jonas's own family is very supportive of his feelings and he is also welcomed without question by Nathan's family when he visits his home and is especially looked upon with favor by Nathan's mother. The latter is also pregnant after a long hiatus between that and Nathan, her first born. But then we also see Jonas in present day seemingly a lost soul loner who frequently cheats on his current lover resulting in his being booted out of their shared residence. Jonas is currently working as a hospital orderly. But what happened to Nathan? And why is Jonas the way he is?
We soon discover that Jonas has been keeping tabs on Nathan's family and discovers that Nathan's mother had another son named Leo who is now 18. Jonas works his way back into Nathan's family and a detailed conversation with Nathan's mother and Leo accompanied with a flashback scene now reveals the heart of our story. We now learn the answers to the questions posed at the end of the previous paragraph (NO SPOILERS HERE!) and the film concludes with a possibly very promising and fascinating twist. Daylight is on the horizon; and to take a quote from Gone with the Wind: "Tomorrow is another day."
NB: There is no graphic sex; language could be offensive at times to some; smoking an illicit product is also involved. However, the latter leads to one of the most delicious scenes in the entire film as justifiable retribution can come in many forms. Sub-titles are clear and easily read.
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Neal BrenardReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2018
Boys is set in the mid 90s. and seventeen years later, not long ago now, in France. 9th grader Jonas meets new rich kid bad boy Nathan in class on first day of school. They're smitten with each other. Something bad happens to Nathan along the way and we spend a lot of time with heartbroken 32 year old Jonas living out the wreckage of his life, stalking Nathan's 17 year old brother, Leo. Slice of life flick with a little jolt every now and then to hold your attention. A time capsule. The first of (so many of) this kind of movie made in the past few years that works. Credit work of the actors, mostly, but also a taught little script well directed and produced.
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D. MartinReviewed in the United States on May 19, 2020
I loved this movie. I have to agree with another reviewer in that gay foreign films are superior to ours in the US. It's reinvigorated my love of movies. I just wish I could read faster. Thank God for the pause and reverse buttons. I don't have much to add to the other positive reviewers: great story and great acting. I particularly enjoyed the progression of the teen's relationship. And the intrigue and suspense kept my attention throughout. Go for it. You won't be disappointed!
A "G" rated LGBT youth movie. 2 scenes with kissing but that's all you get. Meant to be a tearjerker and mystery, but I think it was just too shallow for either. The directors attempt to deepen it by jumping around through time was annoying, and could not hide the fact there was not much of a story there. I'm sure, however teenagers would like it.
The casting, acting, screenplay, directing, camera work, art direction, music, editing all are excellent and weave you along for a well textured, engrossing viewing. Pay attention and you will have a emotional experience. This is real film making!
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DylanReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2018
Honestly this was such a good movie. I was having such a good time watching the 90s flashbacks knowing there was something bad coming. little did I know that something bad was gonna rip my heart out. 5 stars cuz I thought it was a creative story and it kept me hooked. Up until the bad stuff, I was loving watching these cute high school gays flirt and have fun. You should watch it. Cuz I never leave reviews