Saturday, October 1, 2016

See This Film - Jongens (Boys)

I just finished watching this little beauty tonight -- second time around, and still as heartwarming as the first time.  I should have taken up track in high school -- my whole life might have turned out differently!  First love that is exciting, scary, all-encompassing...  And to think, in the Netherlands, where this was produced, it was first shown on a teen TV channel!

There's a great review of the film by Francesco Cerniglia at Candid Magazine, but here's a paragraph that rather sums it all up --
The scope of Boys is that of exploring the insurmountable power of first love and focusing on the idealism of romance rather than sexual passion. Yet the sexual awakening is there, hinted at, just in the sweetest of ways and it comes across so nuanced in subtext through the outstanding performances of the two teenage actors portraying Sieger and Marc. Gijs Blom and Ko Zandvliet are absolutely fantastic at conveying all their emotions with mostly their eyes, their faces and their whole body language.
Take in this little piece of heaven when you're at home with your special one or on a day when you need a pick-me-up.  You'll thank me.

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