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But to view this film as an exploration of "class, cultural and sexual differences", as the DVD case describes it, is ludicrous. Malik and Bilal are going to form political parties? They formed parties all right, but the kind where there's lots of champagne and dancing and everyone is having a good time. "The String" is no more grounded in reality than an Astaire/Rogers movie had anything to do with the Great Depression.
Cardinale and Salim Kechiouche are great. Antonin Stahly is rather stiff, and comes across more as a whiny, spoiled child than as a psychologically damaged man. (And what is it about the string? Apron strings maybe?) Everything about the movie--photography, actors, music--was beautiful.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it for what it is. It is refreshing that perhaps gay films have reached the point where they can emulate old-fashioned Hollywood romance. Not a position to be sneezed at.
The crowd loved the movie and especially LOVED Salim Kéchiouche.
Too bad he's not mentioned here on Amazon, but he's clearly why people saw the movie.
We all know him from movies by Gaël Morel and François Ozon. Full Speed, Three Dancing Slaves, etc.
Especially his iconic appearance as the boxer in Les Amants Criminels: Criminal Lovers and
Criminal Lovers (AUS) ( Les Amants criminels ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.0 Import - Australia ]
Wonderful movie. Great acting.
The process of Malik's coming out, especially against the backdrop of the Muslim culture and values, evolves like a fairy tale romance. Bilal's masculine beauty and charm, his humility stemming from his subservient position, and the tenderness and passion he ultimately shares with Malik when they consummate their love all make for a beautiful love story. Malik's Mom, Sara (Cardinale) finds the young men in bed together. The follow-up is priceless.
The acting here is irreproachable, and the production values and cinematography superb. I enjoyed the soundtrack tremendously, especially diva Patty Pravo's rendition of "La Bambola".
I recommend this 5 star gem with no reservations.
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I liked it. This was a really solid movie with an interesting plot device. The characters were believable and fleshed out nicely (no pun intended). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chalo6770
The best gay romantic movie I have seen in awhile!
Be sure to watch it if you get a chance!
Absolutely wonderful movie, beautiful place, beautiful actors, Claudia Cardinale WOW, as beautiful and classy as ever. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Douglas
I've watched this twice now and enjoyed it both times. The story is of a mixed French-Tunisian young man who returns home to live with his mother (Claudia Cardinale) and finds... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lost in Vegas
This is a well done sexy romance. The actors provide a very enjoyable back drop for the building romantic energy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David
This is an excellent film about what it is to be gay in other cultures. It is also an opportunity to see Claudia Cardinale. Read morePublished 9 months ago by James Petersen
Set in a Muslim country and yet it is surprisingly open to the everyday gay occurrence of the modern day world. Read morePublished 11 months ago by K. Lipio