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The basic story is simple enough: piano student Paul is seduced by and falls in love with his idol, forty-ish concert pianist Richard; he gets dumped inexplicably and spends the rest of the film trying to make sense of it. But add these extra ingredients -- Paul's neurotic mother also falling for the pianist, Richard's lover/manager seducing Paul while the boy is being kept by yet another older man -- and you have a rather heady Freudian stew, indeed.
What these noxious, self-absorbed characters have in common, keeping the handsome 18-year-old confused and depressed, is their duplicity. Nobody tells Paul the truth, rendering him unable to make a decision in his own interest. His beauty makes him desirable. His ingenuous nature makes him an easy mark.
The dialogue is oddly disjointed though lifted directly from David Leavitt's well-written novel, The Page Turner. For some reason, about half of Mr. Leavitt's lines have been deleted, making those that remain a crazy-quilt of non-sequitors. Adding to the confusion are British actors playing American refracted through the eyes and ears of a Spanish director. Then there are the Spanish actors who have learned their lines phonetically, wildly inflecting words incorrectly. Finally, a classical music consultant could have insured the proper pronunciation of composers' names, or pointed out that most of the pieces Paul plays are embarassingly inappropriate.
The film does a great job in depicting the haute-gay classical music demi-monde of New York, the predatory older men who rule from lofty Central Park West enclaves.Read more ›
When the film opens, Paul is turning pages for his idol, turning-forty concert pianist Richard Kennington (ghoulish Paul Rhys). Sparks fly during the Beethoven. After the concert Richard invites Paul out, but his strident mother thwarts them. Richard's manager, Joseph, hit on the tempting young man before the concert. Unbeknownst to popular Paul, randy Richard and geriatric Joseph are long-time lovers.
Vacationing with his mother in Barcelona, Paul meets Richard again. More determined this time, the older man beds the bonny boy within five minutes via that venerable 'sine qua non' of seduction: a back-rub. In a rare moment of candor, Richard wonders if he made a mistake by hopping into the sack so precipitously, but spoils it by adding he just assumed that was what the boy wanted.
They begin a one-week stand and, between some rather lovely rolls in the hay, explore Barcelona with Paul's histrionic mother. Blind as well as boisterous, she takes a shine to Richard and attempts to seduce him. It doesn't work, of course, but her ghastly flirtation does succeed in making the pianist flee the country without so much as a word of explanation or farewell to the hapless boy.
In New York, Paul moves in with rich troll Alden on Central Park West where he runs into Joseph. More determined this time, the agent promptly seduces the eager boy with concerts, fancy dinners, and the hope of management.Read more ›
Paul Porterfield (played by Kevin Bishop) is a talented 18-year-old piano student from the San Francisco Bay Area who wants to make it in the concert world. He takes lessons and wants to go to Juilliard in Manhattan. The film begins with Paul getting to be a page-turner at a concert being performed by his touring hero, Richard Kennington (played by Paul Rhys). At the event, Paul also meets Kennington's manager, Joseph Mansourian (played by Allan Corduner). Both Mansourian and Kennington take notice of Paul.
Shortly Paul and his divorcing mother, Pamela (played by Juliet Stevenson), vacation in beautiful Barcelona. Paul finds an ad for a recent Kennington performance and tracks down the pianist. Paul and Kennington get along extra well. A chance incident lets Pamela, Paul, and Kennington be buddies in Barcelona, touring about.
Six months later, Paul attends Juilliard. Paul has a gay roommate from back home, Teddy (played by Naim Thomas), and a wealthy boyfriend, Alden Haynes (played by Carlos Castanon). It turns out Mansourian lives in the same building as Haynes, and impressario Mansourian still has his attractions. The problems are that Kennington and Mansourian have a long-term relationship and that piano teacher Mme. Novotna (played by Geraldine McEwan) is starting to have doubts about Paul's talent. When Pamela starts getting clues that something is up, she decides to take drastic action, and the cat-fight begins.
It is a pleasure to watch such good acting in the service of a literate script. All of the main characters find themselves in false positions and try to spin their ways out of it.Read more ›
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Nice cinematography and sound quality but characters are all like conniving manipulative members of a royal court. Often over acted. No sex and 2 brief butt shots. Just think! Read morePublished 14 months ago by gordon powell
What a great movie ! I saw it on a film festival and decided to buy it based on how much I liked it ! Read morePublished 22 months ago by alexx
This was a lovely film, although the acting by Paul Rhys I thought a little wooden. I didn't really like either his character or that of his manager/partner (which was probably... Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by Ballantyne Moyes
Not a bad movie. The price was right and it came in the condition as promised.It was worth the money.Published on June 11, 2013 by Just me
I now have over 70 gay movies that I have bought through Amazon.com. This movie is why I stick with Amazon. If you havn't seen this one you must. Read morePublished on January 8, 2012 by mido
A film for drama and histerical performances' fans. And for people who loves Barcelona (nice pictures).
If you are not any of them, skip this one. Read more
I'll skip the plot, since it's already well-discussed in the other reviews here. This production is beautifully photographed, technically slick and the acting very good. Read morePublished on November 21, 2010 by A reader
If you have read "The Page Turner" and liked it, this movie may confound you. The heart of the original is there: a sensitive young man confused by his sexuality and the scheming... Read morePublished on March 2, 2009 by T. Romack