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Two university students, Gerardo and Jonás, meet on campus and fall passionately in love. They enjoy a blissful romance until Jonás becomes obsessed with another boy and drives Gerard into the arms of Sérgio. The young men become entangled in a hypnotic dance of love, longing, rejection, validation and sexual expression. A selection at the Berlin international Film Festival 2006.
140 minutes with almost no dialogue? Yes. And it works exquisitely well. The essence of this (erotic) melodrama is body language: the characters talk with their eyes, with their movements. Unlike several festival movies (in the Forum section) that often go on with long monologues while almost nothing is happening on the screen, this one does the opposite.
Broken Sky (El Cielo Dividido), screened in the Panorama section, is Julian Hernandez' second feature film (Mexico 2005), after A Thousand Clouds Of Peace (Mil nubes de paz cercan el cielo, amor, jamas acabaras de ser amor) had been screened in Panorama in 2003 and had won the Teddy Award. (At this year's Berlinale, the award celebrated its impressive 20th anniversary with a retrospective of the best awarded movies, starting with the works of the first awarded directors, Pedro Almodóvar and Gus van Sant.)
The main characters are two (very) young men, Gerardo and Jonas, who fell in love and start a passionate relationship. One night at a disco Jonas is seduced by an attractive guy (Bruno), but does not take off with him. Soon Bruno disappears. Jonas keeps thinking about Bruno and slowly loses sexual interest in Gerardo, while a guy named Sergio constantly keeps trying to seduce Gerardo. Their love passes trough difficult challenges.
Today, gay movies are far from escapism. Most contemporary movies with such topic deal with heavy problems of their characters like death, AIDS, problems with parents, community repression, inability to find love at all etc. — but not this one. This is a beautiful love story that goes on almost untouched by the external circumstances. Its qualities reach far beyond the gay audiences. The camera work is superb, acting is completely convincing and the music is very atmospheric and emotional.
Especially powerful is the use of the aria from the opera "Rusalka" by Anton Dvorak (in a way reminiscent of the best parts of Wong Kar-wai's 2046) in a scene where two characters feel attracted to each other but still feel reluctant to physical contact. They are afraid of their passion, struggling with their emotions.
Zlatko Vidackovic writes on cinema for the daily newspaper "Vjesnik" and works as editor of the cultural bi-weekly "Vijenac". He's as well artistic director of Pula Film Festival. He is the president of Croatian Society of Film Critics and editor of three web pages - on theatre, music/dance and arts which he enjoys almost as much as film and tennis.
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