12 December 2008

Lilies - Les feluettes (1996)

Lilies - Les feluettes (1996)

Ima li mjesta pokajanju? Priča o svešteniku koji je prinuđen suoćiti se sa svojom sramnom prošlošću. Dolazi u zatvor da ispovjedi zatvorenika na smrt, al nailazi na žrtvu svoje pakosti , ljubomore i zlobe! Prisiljen je suočiti se sa svojim nedjelima koja su koštala života dva mlada gay momka, čiju je ljubav, ionako tešku pretvorio u pakao!
No neću vam opisivati film, pogledajte ga sami. Ono što me je navelo na razmišljanje je činjenica da mnogi vjernici odlaze kod sveštenika na ispovjed!
Ispričaju šta su učinjeli, pokaju se i poslije sve iz početka. I svaki put kada dođu kod popa budu oslobođeni grijeha! Niko i ne razmišlja o tome kakvom se čovijeku ispovjeda! možda se radi baš o nekom zločincu kao što je biskup u ovom filmu! I taj nam sudi i određuje šta je grijeh , a šta ne!
Neću da ulazim u neke religiozne monologe, ali bi trebalo razmisliti o tome koliko se religioznih pedera grize i kaje zbog nečega čemu nisu krivi! To ti dođe kao da se kaješ što sunce izlazi i zalazi!

Year: 1996
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Director: John Greyson
Duration: 95 min
Country Canada
Actors: Ian D. Clark, Marcel Sabourin, Aubert Pallascio, Jason Cadieux, Danny Gilmore, Matthew Ferguson, Brent Carver, Rémy Girard, Robert Lalonde, Gary Farmer, Alexander Chapman, John Dunn-Hill, Paul-Patrice Charbonneau, Michel Marc Bouchard, Khanh Hua

Imaginative, retrospective revalation of brutal homophobic events in a young ménage-ŕ-trois, based on love, betrayal and revenge.

Brent Carver as Countess Marie Laure de Tilly1952: Bishop Bilodeau os to hear the last confession of the terminally ill prisoner Simon Doucet. Having bribed some of the guards and secured the help of the chaplain, around a dozen inmates lock the chapel and transform it into a theatre. The bishop is forced to watch a dramatisation of his and Doucet's lives in 1912, which had led to the incarceration of the now sick man. The played-out scenes, in which the prisoners take over both male and female roles, turn into real memories, but still with the prisoners playing their parts. The love story between the young Simon Doucet and Count Vallier de Tilly is gradually unfolded, and three factors enter into the plot. Jean Bilodeau, unsure of his homosexuality, the French woman Lydie-Anne de Rozier, and a society which does not understand gay love. No one taking part knows the full story and how it ends and, as the truth is brought to light, it is the bishop who makes a confession and may not come out of it unscathed...

* John Greyson is a political filmmaker who has been arousing attention for 16 years with partly fictional, falsified or musical documentaries on subjects of lesbians & gays, workers, racism and Aids (Zero Patience ). Today, in the late 90's, a time when the North American continent is being swept by a tide of right-wing anti-lesbian anti-gay Christian fundamentalism, he hits back with Lilies, attacking the ignorance which misunderstands love and fosters intolerance. As a basis for his film he uses Michel Marc Bouchard's stage play of the same name, written in 1987 (the French title being Les Feluettes). Although a theatrical atmosphere is deliberately recalled time after time, Lilies is anything but a stage play. With imaginative and playful innovations Greyson takes us into a world of images and imagination, and surprises us with the natural and unreserved readiness of the inmates to sympathise with homosexual love and to play the parts of women and gays. Lilies is a movie work of art, in which the setting of a declaration of love in a bath-tub in a prison chapel, or, as the case may be, in the middle of a forest, captures the audience as much as the intensity of its interpersonal feelings and tragic events does. New Queer Cinema will be enriched by a new perspective from this hit from Quebec.

* Lilies combines all the old themes of gay cinema – homoerotica (including the masochistic element of Saint Sebastian), prison, church, drag, love denied and social prejudices – with something new, well within the artistic demands of New Queer Cinema. This has already catapulted Lilies to the distinction of being one of the most important gay films of the coming season, and will appeal to more heterosexual audiences than is usual in this genre

John Greyson
British Columbia, Canada

John Greyson’s cinematic breakthrough came in 1993 with the release of the outrageous satirical musical-comedy Zero Patience. He is best known for directing the beautifully crafted Lilies - an adaptation of Michel Marc Bouchard’s play Les feluettes. Greyson also co-wrote and directed the film Proteus in addition to four episodes of the iconic television series Queer as Folk.

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