Il Compleanno (David's Birthday) (2009)

Il Compleanno (David's Birthday)





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In this drama from Italy, Diego (Alessandro Gassman) and Shary (Michela Cescon) are a wealthy couple who have rented a luxurious summer house by the sea, which they're sharing with their friends Matteo (Massimo Poggio) and Francesca (Maria de Medeiros). Life is easy until the arrival of David (Thyago Alves), Diego and Shary's handsome son in his early twenties. While everyone likes David, his presence brings out a sense of rivalry and unspoken longings among both couples, and when their friend … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Oct 26, 2010
Ellemme Group


as Francesca

as Leonard
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Intriguing film of a man's sudden struggle with an unknown part of himself is well presented until the far too operatic finale. Still it is eminently worth watching for Massimo Poggio's excellent work as the protagonist wrestling with something that will change everything in his life. Thyago Alves' role is not really fleshed out but as an object of desire which is how he is presented he is ideally cast.

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A beautifully acted movie with impeccable sceneries of Italy. Though it was not necessarily a gay-affirming story, it remains an amazing story that way too often happens but left under the rug and never discussed. I really loved the way the story built up into a climax was sad how it ended, wish there was a little more to it to understand what Massimo did with his loss and his new love. The self-playing scene of Thiago always has amazingly beautiful photography and also the love-making scene between Massimo and Thiago was outstandingly sizzling. This is definitely a movie worth seeing, there are some tear jerking moments.

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