Love! Valour! Compassion! Reviews
May 28, 2014
Another forgotten gay film, taken from yet another award winning play, and dumped as unceremoniously as it's predecessors. It's not perfect but it does deserve to be seen.
May 23, 2014
Best Jason Alexander role ever! Kicks George Castanza's @$$!
May 6, 2012
I was quite surprised by the movie. Even if the beginning of the movie was very clichÃ (C), the more the movie advanced and the more I liked it. What I did truly like in the movie is the very simple and yet elegant narrative, full of emotion. I was touched by most of the scenes, despite their simpleness and I adored the finale (the moment where everybody is dancing...).
March 14, 2012
It is extremely well acted, heart-warming and heart-breaking. It may not be to everyone's taste as it can be dull in places, but most people should be able to relate I hope.
February 20, 2012
Didn't translate as well on screen. Better on stage.
January 15, 2012
Touching, with a sense of humour, but suffers at times from Jason Alexander's over-acting.
April 21, 2010
(from The Watermark, 07/29/97)
OK, I'll admit I was quite worried about this film. It's a lovely Tony Award-winning gay play put in the hands of Hollywood, known for butchering good theatrical works. The entire original cast of the stage play are in the film, except for Nathan Lane, whose role is played by George from Seinfeld. And the film is directed by the same director of the stage version! Eeeek!! (Remember when multi-Tony-Award-winning Broadway director Harold Prince tried his hand at film? It was a disastrously hideous version of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Rent it when you're in the mood to see what musicals must be like in Hell.)
Thankfully, my worries were unfounded, and the film is great. The play is about three weekends-in-the-life of eight gay men. They meet at an upstate New York summer home on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day in the same year. The film is a slow and pensive exploration of their relationships - often feeling like a gay The Big Chill. The homeowners are an aging choreographer, and his beautiful blind other half. Their guests are a couple who have been together fourteen years through thick and thin, twin brothers from England, one an angry, cynical piano player, and the other a benevolently sweet soul who has AIDS. The piano player brings his new boyfriend, a young dancer, whose sexually charged presence is a source of contemplation and conflict among the couples. Finally, there is Alexander's role, a flamboyant, HIV-positive, showtune queen.
The work has been beautifully translated to the screen thanks to a leaner script (trimmed by the playwright himself, Terrence McNally), a director who handles the material with sensitivity and surprising cinematic craft, and a wonderfully multi-faceted performance on the part of Alexander. It is refreshing to see him shed his inherent sliminess, and successfully pull off both camp and drama. The rest of the acting is just as great, thanks to the good casting, and the camaraderie that the men have developed from working together on the stage.
There are only a few nit-picky things that I could find wrong: the twins are never seen in the same shot together. A "Patty Duke" shot or two could have helped us forget that they are both played by the same actor. Some of the scene changes are clumsy, and many of the story's theatricalities seem a little odd on film, in spite of their successful execution. Still, the film recreates the atmosphere of the play, and even enhances it by showing us more of the house itself and its surrounding locales. L!V!C! is the rare happy marriage of theater and film. Do not miss it. QUEER QUOTIENT: A chick flick this ain't. There isn't a female anywhere to be found, so lesbians will probably not feel any need to attend. But for the men, there is male frontal nudity galore. God bless this movie!
February 5, 2010
Excellent acting by all, very well written as well. It?s funny as well as touching. The story always held my interest, and it is well pieced together. The characters are superbly developed, you get to know each of the characters. Well photographed.
February 5, 2010
Excellent acting by all, very well written as well. It's funny as well as touching. The story always held my interest, and it is well pieced together. The characters are superbly developed, you get to know each of the characters. Well photographed.
January 5, 2010
Love! Valour! Compassion! is another film that touches on homosexuality, which has left me a sad and yet empowering emotion at looking at homosexual lifeway.
This film tackles the issues on friendship, sexual relationships, genuine love, betrayal, AIDS--a touch different from the other gay films whose central contention is discrimination.
The film is a showcase of good friendship challenged by betrayal and forgiveness. This was shown in Bob's betrayal of Gregory in an affair with Ramon. Despite of it, there was forgiveness from Gregory's heart. Genuine love was also seen between Arthur and Perry whose relationship stood the test of time challenged by their differing views toward life. Later in the film, Buzz also found love for ill-fated James. Put to test with James' AIDS, Buzz didn't give him up?pushing him toward greater love.
The film reveals to us that love, valour, and compassion fix the damage and overcome all challenges in life.
November 14, 2009
Angsty, maudlin drama based on a much better play. The actors are capable but something is lost in the translation from stage to screen.
April 9, 2009
very gay but oh so very soap opera and you will enjoy.
just your typical soap opera but with a twist, the story centers around of bitching homos. i just love it
March 5, 2009
A movie about a group of gay friends who go to the country home of one of the friends 4 times in a period of 1 year. How they have changed throughout this time. I had to buy it.
May 17, 2008
I have been wanting to see this movie ever since I saw it advertised in the movies. I have seen it about a thousand times now & I've got to say. It's one of my all time favorite gay movies.
Sure the men are bitchy but look at the circumstances that they have to live with.
I love the setting the house & yes even the mixed up foibled relationships of the men. I always wanted to see the play but the movie will be good enough for me.
December 8, 2008
no thanks not my thing
November 19, 2008
Another great cast, but this time the movie is just about perfect. This is like a gat "Big Chill" though AIDS is a predominant theme through out. the performances by Jason Alexander, Justin Kirk, and John Glover playing twin brothers that are polar opposites. This film focuses on a group of friends that gather in the Hamptons at one of their coupled friends home. There are laughs, and tears in this rare gay theme film that stays true to the gay community. The film is based on Terrence McNally's Tony award winning play.
October 17, 2008
No thankyou - Not interested
August 24, 2008
microcosom of an aspect of well heeled gay life for a few. The themes are excellent.
August 16, 2008
one of my all time favorites!!! Justin Kirk & Randy Becker are such hotties!!!
August 3, 2008
Should be a gay classic. Jason Alexander does a great job, great ensemble.