.......you're there, right there, for every tumultuous and fun-loving moment of it!
(1) WOW!!......and DOUBLEWOW!! You've just got to hand it to the French. In this reviewer's opinion only they, thus far in "gay filmdom," seem to have been truly capturing that "certain naturalness" all of us look for in a male couple's touching, kissing and relating to one another. All of you know what it is; it's a "something" which American directors have merely come close to achieving, perhaps in such films** as C. Jay Cox's "Latter Days" and Julie Davis's "All Over the Guy." All this leads to a couple of big questions: Why does it seem, in practically all American gay films, that the act of a kiss most often comes across as "just a task" which has to be accomplished (and in front of the camera to boot---isn't that so embarrassing!) And what about even the simplest passing touch between partners in a scene? Why would a US actor, in preparing for a gay role, never think of doing something as small but meaningful as that? Whatever the answer, our actors mostly just don't (and American directors do not seem to take the time to ensure that they do, or even to "instruct" them on kissing halfway decently, for that matter). If our directors are going to spend all that money and effort, why not do it right? In summing up this lead-in, it has to be again asked: why is it so natural and easy for the French? (see, also, that 1997 French title, "The Man I Love")(or France's 2000 "Come Undone" with its beach-side copulation scene).
(2) Moving on now, more directly into this film, it's got to be said that these 2 French actors have Chemistry (that's spelled with a capital "C"......and, well, you just gotta make the "H", the "E", the "M" and all the rest of 'em, capital letters, too). Plus, as actors, these guys are not afraid to express their feelings by making that extra gesture of a passing touch or hand-on-arm (as noted above, how often we don't see that from American actors). There's a very striking feeling, projected by this film, that really makes you have to wonder: if these guys weren't already in love prior to filming, then surely mustn't they have become so during the process.......at least that's the feeling which their performances so vividly project to the audience. It's what we're left with after watching this film: THAT WAS REALLY LOVE! (What greater mark of success could be asked for, or achieved, in setting a gay romance on film?)
(3) One other important point on their performances: while the actors portraying Laurent and Cedric can be so explosive in their expressiveness toward each other, they also make themselves such fun to be with (as a viewer you feel as if you're right there, actually sharing their fun, excitement and joy in discovering sex and love with each other). Make note of these things as you watch, and see if your pulse-rate doesn't go way up on more than one occasion......as well as your "chuckle-bone" getting a good workout. What it all boils down to is simply that seeing and experiencing their strongly expressed feelings for each other is worth a 1000 times the price of admission.
As a little bit of a postscript, this reviewer just has to add: Rarely has a movie title been more fitting and meaningful than this one's, especially as it is explained and demonstrated in the heartrending denouement which takes place between father and son in the final moments of the film. "Really," it tells us, "after everything else has come, been considered, and gone, all that's left and important is......just a question of love!"
SCENES YA GOTTA WATCH FOR:
--Don't miss this couple's first one-on-one in the agricultural lab which is to be their joint workplace: it's a first-meeting-and-feeling-each-other-out scene in which sparks fly---the tension between them fairly crackles (watch the eyes; watch the eyes).
--And you should definitely note: this pair's first post-coital scene is so full of satisfaction and obvious feelings for one another (what such heterosexual scene of the past could top it?) that those feelings practically jump off the screen. It's only topped, moments later, during a scene in which "Mom" walks in on the pair, unannounced----it's beyond priceless.
--Even more telling is the "water-fight" scene: you've never seen such fun and joy over being together expressed by a gay couple in any previous movie (watch the eyes; watch the eyes). No wonder this scene leads to the one which it does.
**David Moreton's 1998 "Edge of Seventeen" set an earlier standard for more realistic love-making