(out of 5)
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.
Directed by Jean-Claude Schlim
Cinematography by Carlo Thiel
Music by Gast Waltzing
Production Design by Christina Schaffer
Film Editing by Katharine Schmidt