Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. Luxembourg/Germany, 2009. Delux Productions, Elsani Film. Story by Jean-Claude Schlim, Screenplay by Jean-Claude Schlim, Christian Thiry, additional material and dialogue by Robert David Graham. Cinematography by Carlo Thiel. Produced by Bob Bellion, Jimmy de Brabant. Music by Gast Waltzing. Production Design by Christina Schaffer. Costume Design by Caroline de Vivaise, Isabelle Dickes, Francoise Meyer. Film Editing by Katharine Schmidt.
The early days of the AIDS crisis are combined with a gay remake of Burlesque in this heartfelt, enjoyable but strangely fluffy British melodrama. Young teenager Frank (Layke Anderson) gets tired of feeling like a stranger in his home and at school, so he high-tails it to the big city where he finds himself down and out in no time. Seizing the first possible employment opportunity that comes his way, he becomes an exotic dancer in a club where he also rents a room from the club’s overbearing mother-hen owner (Udo Kier, looking fabulous in drag). His roommate is also his great heartbreak, a handsome, straight young man with whom Frank becomes obsessed and with whom he develops a relationship that goes from frustrated to fruitful before turning tragic. It feels a bit like a TV movie, but the chemistry between the actors is sexy and it’s never boring.