9/12/2016

Four Moons (2014)

  One new couple is trying to get things together. One longtime couple is trying not to break apart. One paunchy, white-bearded man in a towel is trying to get some satisfaction in a steam room. And one angelic 11-year-old is learning that his priest doesn’t want to hear about a young boy’s sexual stirrings. With those stories, Sergio Tovar Velarde’s “4 Moons” (“Cuatro Lunas”) paints a spirited and sensitive portrait of gay boys and men in 21st-century Mexico.

Average Rating: 7,4/10
Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Release Date: 12 February 2015 (Mexico)
Duration: 1h 50min
Genre: Drama, Romance 
Director: Sergio Tovar Velarde
Writer: Sergio Tovar Velarde
Stars: Antonio Velázquez, Alejandro de la Madrid, Cesar Ramos
Synopsis: Four stories about love and self-acceptance: An eleven year-old boy struggles to keep secret the attraction he feels towards his male cousin. Two former childhood friends reunite and start a relationship that gets complicated due to one of them's fear of getting caught. A gay long lasting relationship is in jeopardy when a third man comes along. An old family man is obsessed with a young male prostitute and tries to raise the money to afford the experience. 
    It is not a collection of short movies, but it tells four separate stories. Each story corresponds to one of the four phases of the moon: new, half waxing, full, and half waning; and each has a gay protagonist at a roughly corresponding time of life: late childhood, late teens or very early 20s, middle 30s, and old age. Each protagonist faces challenges typically faced by gay males at those times of life, but presented in entirely original ways.
   This is a very ambitious movie - it attempts to give a comprehensive look at an entire lifetime of gay experiences. Not only that, but it does so with such originality that none of the four stories seemed like just a rehashing of the same old gay coming-out/mid-life-crisis/etc formulas. 4 Moons is fresh and new, not like any gay movie that came before it.
   This is not a great film, but it is very good.

3 comments:

  1. South america makes a great entrance in the Gay film arena with this film ans a couple of others : Plan B , death in Buenos Aires, Undertow,.... Often well played, well directed and with a solid scenario that lack from their American counterparts sometimes (or often).It verges betweeen a very good film and a great film with me sliding towards a great film. Nevertheless , I strongly recommend the film.

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