Saw this film last night at the Vancouver Queer Film Fest. The theme is full-on and intense, surreal and has no campy gay fluff to it. Not for the timid, it broaches some pretty deep themes of emotional repression and subversive cultural boundaries, and the physical and emotional scars that go along with them.
Stellar acting, this is the first gay film I've seen that has mainstream film-quality acting and complex story themes, with interconnected characters with hopes, fears, faults, and redeeming qualities- you can't help but love, hate, condemn, and have sympathy for every character throughout the film, and often experience conflicting emotions towards each of them at the same time. This film draws on some very real-world scenarios, putting an in-your-face view of the ugliness of homophobia, the pain and fears of the closet, the horrors of gang life, and the beauty of love, friendship, foregiveness, and salvation to the forefront, all masterfully combined with a gritty realism unrivalled in gay flicks. This film has raised the bar.
A must for anyone gay, straight, or otherwise who feels on the fringe from both mainstream society, and gay society as well- really reaches to the heart for those of us who don't seem to quite fit in, whichever way we go.