House Of Boys


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Luxembourg/Germany2009.  Delux Productions, Elsani Film.  Story by Jean-Claude Schlim, Screenplay by Jean-Claude Schlim, , additional material and dialogue by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , , .  Film Editing by .  

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 () 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 (, 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.

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