Urbania (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB

USA, 2000.  Daly-Harris Productions.  Screenplay by , Jon Shear, based on the play Urban Folk Tales by Daniel Reitz.  Cinematography by , .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Dark and moody drama has an excellent wandering the streets of a labyrinthine New York City in search of the man who viciously gay-bashed and murdered his boyfriend (). Futterman encounters various citizens of the metropolis before his final meeting with the man who ruined his life, each conversation with random strangers unveiling a different experience of gay life that he is his daily reality:  a heterosexist straight couple, played by Bill Sage and , who make out in public on the street without incident while a gay couple holding hands get a beer bottle hurled at them, a gay actor who perpetuates a cultural inner homophobia by insisting that he sleeps with men but doesn’t get into the ‘scene’ or practice the less ‘manly’ aspects of gay sex, etc.  has a scintillating cameo in this harrowing film that is hard to shake off but is far too angry to be enjoyable or moving.  Its harsh tone feels appropriate while you’re watching it, though, even when it is at its most obvious (the beer bottle throwing happens directly in front of the straight couple making out so we don’t get the wrong idea).

Toronto International Film Festival:  2000

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