Greek Pete (2009)
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Sometimes funny but more often sad, what emerges is the emptiness of these boys' lives.
If the film truly were a documentary, we would at least know we were getting a picture of real life, albeit a not very enlightening one. Instead, we're stuck with an undramatic drama.
The trouble is, we'll never really know whether this is truly an authentic window into the rent boys' world, or rather, a window into how they want you to view it.
The overriding image we're left with is that of a rather shallow young man, operating in a depressingly dreary, soulless and risky environment about which we glean no real insights. And that probably wasn't what Haigh was trying to achieve.
Audience Reviews for Greek Pete
A well made, riveting (somewhat graphic) look at the life of a British "rent boy".
It is anything but glamorous, too spite the way Pete talks it up in a very light heated, matter of fact kind "business like" of way.
Pete's interactions with his "friends" are far more depressing then the bleak interactions with his "clients". Each friend provides an even more perverse take on the life of a "rent boy".
And poor Pete has been selling his affections for so long, that he can;t quite seem to grasp the idea of a REAL (non paying) relationship. Which (considering his collection of friends) is probably for the best.
Pete's one dream is to win the "International Escort Of The Year" award, to help promote his business. I mean what John wouldn't pay extra to sleep with someone who's sexual escapades are "Internationaly known"?
The climax is Pete achieving that goal and the bleak depressing reality of returning home to find no one seems to know or care about his new title.
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